Queen celebrates the Golden Jubilee of Queen Margrethe of Denmark

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While she is celebrating her very own Platinum Jubilee this year, the Queen has paid homage to another monarch’s milestone. 

The royal household has marked Queen Margrethe of Denmark’s Golden Jubilee with a throwback picture on Instagram. 

The snap shows the two Queens with the late Duke of Edinburgh and the late Prince Henrik of Denmark, during a royal visit to Copenhagen in 1979. 

Margrethe, 82, ascended the throne upon her father Frederick IX of Denmark’s death on 14 January 1972. This year marks the 50th of her reign. 

Throughout the decades. the two Queen, who are third cousins, have enjoyed a courteous relationship. Queen Margrethe travelled to the UK on March 29 to attend Prince Philip’s memorial service at Westminster Abbey. 

The royal household have marked Queen Margrethe of Denmark's Golden Jubilee with a throwback picture on Instagram .

The royal household have marked Queen Margrethe of Denmark’s Golden Jubilee with a throwback picture on Instagram .

The black and white picture showed the Queen and the Danish monarch waving at crowds from the balcony of the Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen.

The Queen is wearing a light-coloured ensemble with a matching hat. At the time of this visit to Copenhagen, she was 52. 

The Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away on April 9 2021, looked dapper in the archive picture. He was wearing his navy uniform for the occasion, as was Prince Henrik. 

Queen Margrethe’s consort died in February 2018 after a short illness. 

Queen Margrethe travelled to the UK on March 29 to attend Prince Philip's memorial service at Westminster Abbey

Queen Margrethe travelled to the UK on March 29 to attend Prince Philip’s memorial service at Westminster Abbey

‘2022 is also a special year for Queen Margrethe, who is celebrating her Golden Jubilee,’ the caption wrote. 

The picture was shared as the Queen prepares to celebrate her own Jubilee in London on June over a four-day bank holiday weekend. 

Queen Margrethe, who is a third cousin of the Queen, traveled to the UK to pay her respects to the Duke Edinburgh during his emotional memorial service in Westminster Abbey on March 29. 

The Danish royal, marked her Golden Jubilee earlier this year as she laid flowers on her parents’ graves Roskilde cathedral, west of Copenhagen, where Danish royals have been buried since 1559.

Public celebrations are due to take place in September, having been delayed because of the pandemic. 

The Queen and the Danish Monarch, left, at Windsor Castle during a state visit in February 2000

The Queen and the Danish Monarch, left, at Windsor Castle during a state visit in February 2000

A 2014 poll showed that more than 80% of Danes support the monarchy.

Postponed golden jubilee events include being cheered by thousands from the balcony of the Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, a ride through the capital in a horse-drawn carriage, a gala performance at the Royal Theatre and a festive banquet.

Throughout her reign, the queen has criss-crossed the realm and made numerous visits abroad.

Last year she travelled to Denmark’s self-governing territories of the Faeroe Islands and Greenland.

She also went to Berlin for the centennial of the 1920 reunification with Denmark of the southern part of the Jutland peninsula, which had been under German rule.

When she has a break from official duties, Margrethe – Europe’s second-longest reigning monarch after the Queen – paints, sketches, illustrates books, creates church textiles and embroiders.

She has also created costumes and sets for several ballets at the Tivoli gardens, Copenhagen’s downtown amusement park.

Born on April 16, 1940, a week after the start of Nazi Germany’s occupation of Denmark, the infant princess became a symbol of hope to many Danes in the war years.

The Queen, second left, travelled to Copenhagen with the late Duke of Edinburgh, right, in 1979, where they stayed with Queen Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik, left

The Queen, second left, travelled to Copenhagen with the late Duke of Edinburgh, right, in 1979, where they stayed with Queen Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik, left 

It took a vote to make her queen, though. In 1953, the Danish Constitution was changed following a referendum in which more than 85% of participants voted to allow female succession.

Previously, the Danish throne had descended only through the male line, but the rise of feminism and the fact that Frederik and Swedish-born Queen Ingrid had three daughters but no son, had swayed public opinion.

The Danish constitution gives Margrethe no real political power but she is clearly well-versed in law and knows the content of legislation she is called upon to sign.

‘My principal and most important task is to be Queen of Denmark and the head of state,’ she said in a recent TV interview. ‘But I am grateful that I can also express myself artistically.’

One of her latest projects is collages for a film by Danish Academy Award-winning director Bille August, who is adapting a story about a fairytale kingdom. The film is expected in 2023.

Her popularity has in part grown because of her straightforward talking in her annual televised New Years speeches, where she has spoken about being less ‘selfish’, integrating foreigners and tackling loneliness.



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