Danish queen completes 50 years on the throne

Queen Margrethe, the popular monarch of Denmark, is completing 50 years on the throne with a series of low-key events.

Public gatherings for Friday’s anniversary have been postponed until September due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the 81-year-old will lay flowers at her parents’ grave at Roskilde Cathedral, west of Copenhagen, where Danish royals have been buried since 1559.

Earlier in the day, she will meet the government and attend a reception in Parliament.

Margaret is popular with the public, and has rejected the idea of ​​stepping down in favor of her son, Crown Prince Frederick.

A 2014 survey showed that over 80% of Danes support the monarchy.


Queen Margrethe celebrates 50 years on the throne with low-key events (ScanPics via AP)

Postponed Golden Jubilee events include thousands of people cheering from the balcony of Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, a ride through the capital in a horse-drawn carriage, a grand performance at the Royal Theater and a celebratory banquet.

On 14 January 1972, his father, King Frederick IX, died after a short illness. The next day, a red-eyed Margrethe, 31, stood on the balcony of the city’s Christiansborg Castle and was formally declared queen in front of a crowd of thousands.

Throughout her reign, the queen traversed the entire region and made many trips abroad.

Last year he traveled to the autonomous regions of Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

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


The monarchy remains popular with the Danish public (Scanpix via AP)

When she is discharged from official duties, Margaret – Europe’s second longest-reigning monarch after the Queen – paints, sketches, illustrates books, creates church robes and embroideries.

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

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 for many Danes in the war years.

However, it took one vote to make her queen. In 1953, the Danish constitution was changed after 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 Frederick and Swedish-born Queen Ingrid had three daughters, but no sons, influenced public opinion.


Margaret rejected talk of abdicating in favor of her son, Crown Prince Frederick (Scanpix via AP).

The Danish constitution does not give Margaret any real political power, but she is clearly well versed in the law and knows the contents of the law she is asked to sign.

“My main and most important task is to become the Queen and Head of State of Denmark,” she said in a recent TV interview. “But I’m grateful that I can express myself artistically, too.”

One of his latest projects is a collage for a film by Danish Academy Award-winning director Bille August, adapting a story about a fairytale empire. The film is expected to come out in 2023.

His popularity has grown in part due to his straightforwardness in his annual televised New Year speeches, where he talks about being less “selfish”, integrating foreigners, and dealing with loneliness.

In 2014, 82% of respondents in a survey opposed the abolition of the monarchy.

Ten years earlier, celebrating her 40th anniversary on the throne, Margaret reflected on her role and the future of the Danish monarchy, saying: “You don’t work to hold a position, you work to maintain your country.” Huh.

“You give your life to your country.”