Queen Margrethe
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QUEEN MARGRETHE OF DENMARK

Margrethe II was born as Princess Margrethe Alexandrine Þórhildur Ingrid on 16 April 1940 at Frederik VIII’s Palace at Amalienborg in Copenhagen as the first child of Crown Prince Frederick and Crown Princess Ingrid (later King Frederick IX and Queen Ingrid of Denmark).

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Crown Prince Frederick and Crown Princess Ingrid and their daughter Princess Margrethe.

Princess Margrethe was named fter her late maternal grandmother, Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden, Alexandrine after her paternal grandmother, Queen Alexandrine, and Ingrid after her mother.

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King Christian X of Denmark holding Princess Margrethe.

Her paternal grandfather, King Christian X was also the King of Iceland, she was given the Icelandic name Þórhildur.

Princess Margethe was baptised on 14 May in the Holmen Church in Copenhagen. The Princess’s godparents were: King Christian X, Hereditary Prince Knud, Prince Axel, King Gustaf V of Sweden, Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn.

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Portrait of Princess Margrethe of Denmark.



Margrethe has two younger sisters Princess Benedikte (born 29 April 1944) and Princess Anne-Marie (born 30 August 1946).

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Princess Ingrid of Sweden and Crown Prince Frederik posing with Princess Anne-Marie, then merely a baby, and Princess Margrethe (left) and Princess Benedikte in 1946.

On 20 April 1947, King Christian X died and Margrethe’s father ascended the throne as King Frederick IX.

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Danish Princess’ Anne-Marie (aged 4), Margrethe (aged 10) and Benedikte (aged 6) on October 19, 1950 in Copenhagen.

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Photo of King Frederick IX, Queen Ingrid and their three children, Princesses Margrethe (11), Benedikte (7) and Anne-Marie (5), in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1951.

At the time of Princess Margrethe’s birth, only males could ascend the throne of Denmark, owing to the changes in succession laws enacted in the 1850s.

She became heir presumptive to her father in 1953, when a constitutional amendment allowed women to inherit the throne.

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The Danish royal family posing before the castle of Fredensborg on June 5, 1953. From left to right: Princess Anne-Marie, Queen Ingrid, Princess Margrethe, Princess Benedikte and King Frederick IX.

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Princess Margrethe of Denmark, who has just been confirmed to the Church of Fredensborg’s Palace, poses between her parents, Queen Ingrid and King Frederik IX of Denmark.



In 1960, Princess Margrethe with Princess Astrid of Norway, and Princess Margaretha of Sweden travelled to the United States, which included a visit to Los Angeles, and to the Paramount Studios, where they met several celebrities, including Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Elvis Presley.

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Elvis Presley takes a break from shooting G.I. Blues at Paramount Pictures Studios to meet with Princess Margrethe of Denmark, Princess Astrid of Norway, and Princess Margaretha of Sweden.

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Margrethe was educated at the private school N. Zahle’s School in Copenhagen from which she graduated in 1959. She spent a year at North Foreland Lodge, a boarding school for girls in Hampshire, England.

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Princess Margrethe of Denmark, heir to the Danish throne.

She later studied prehistoric archaeology at Girton College, Cambridge, during 1960–1961, political science at Aarhus University between 1961 and 1962, attended the Sorbonne in 1963, and was at the London School of Economics in 1965.

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Princess Margrethe arriving at Girton College to spend a year studying archaeology and international law.

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The Princess is fluent in Danish, French, English, Swedish and German, and has a limited knowledge of Faroese.



Princess Margrethe met her future husband Henri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat (11 June 1934 – 13 February 2018) in London, England.

In 1963, Henri was working at the French embassy in London in the Department of Oriental Affairs.

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Count Henri Laborde de Monpezat and Princess Margrethe.

Henrik was born in the French commune of Talence near Bordeaux to an old French family, the Laborde de Monpezats.

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Princess Margrethe of Denmark, 26, and her fiance, Count Henri de Laborde de Monpezat, 32, pose for an official portrait.

On october 4, 1966, The Danish Parliament, gave its approval to the marriage between the heiress to the Danish throne and the Count de Monpezat, a third secretary in the French Embassy in London.

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King Frederick IX of Denmark (1899-1972) with his wife, Queen Ingrid of Denmark (1910-2000), their daughters, Princess Benedikte and Princess Margrethe, with Count Henri de Monpezat and his parents Count Andre de Laborde de Monpezat (1907-1998) and Renee Doursenot (1908-2001), at Fredensborg Palace, Denmark.

The engagement of Princess Margrethe and Count Henri Laborde de Monpezat was announced officially on October 5, 1966.

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Princess Margrethe married French diplomat, Henri de Laborde de Monpezat at the Holmen Church in Copenhagen on 10 June 1967.

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Margrethe and Henrik have two sons: Prince Frederik (born 26 May 1968) and Prince Joachim (born 7 June 1969).

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Princess Margrethe of Denmark and Prince Henrik with their son Prince Frederik at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen in 1968.

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Princess Margrethe of Denmark and her husband Prince Henrik with their children Princes Frederik and Joachim during a visit to Greenland in 1970.

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Princess Margrethe of Denmark and her husband Prince Henrik on holiday in France with their children Princes Frederik and Joachim.



After King Frederick IX delivered his New Year’s Address to the Nation at the 1971/72 turn of the year, he fell ill. He died 14 days later, on 14 January 1972.

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Officers of Royal Guard carry coffin of King Frederik IX from chapel at Christiansborg Palace as members of the deceased monarch’s family follow.

Margrethe succeeded to the throne at the age of 31, becoming the first female Danish sovereign under the new Act of Succession.

She was proclaimed Queen from the balcony of Christiansborg Palace 15 January 1972, by Prime Minister Jens Otto Krag.

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark pictured with her husband Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark as they wave to crowds from a balcony at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark on 15th January 1972, after the proclamation of her succession to the Danish throne upon the death of her father King Frederick IX.

In her first address to the people, Queen Margrethe II said:

“My beloved father, our King, is dead. The task that my father had carried for nearly 25 years is now resting on my shoulders. I pray to God to give me help and strength to carry the heavy heritage. May the trust that was given to my father also be granted to me.”

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Queen Margrethe of Denmark poses with her husband Henrik, Prince Consort on her 40th birthday on June 16, 1980.

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Crown Prince Frederik, Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik and Prince Joachim in 1992.

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Queen Margrethe is an accomplished painter, and has held many art shows over the years. She is also an accomplished translator. Another skill she possesses is costume designing, having designed the costumes for the Royal Danish Ballet.

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Queen Margrethe of Denmark shows one of her production set designs during the first rehearsalon the new set up of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker for which the Queen has taken on the role of production designer.



The Queen has eight grandchildren, all born at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen:

  • Crown Prince Frederik married to Mary Donaldson on 14 May 2004 at Copenhagen Cathedral, Copenhagen. The couple have four children:
    • Prince Christian (born 15 October 2005)
    • Princess Isabella (born 21 April 2007)
    • Prince Vincent (born 8 January 2011)
    • Princess Josephine (born 8 January 2011)
  • Prince Joachim was first married to Alexandra Manley on 18 November 1995 at Frederiksborg Palace Church, Hillerød. They divorced on 8 April 2005. He was married secondly to Marie Cavallier on 24 May 2008 at Møgeltønder Church, Møgeltønder. Joachim has four children, three sons and one daughter:
    • Prince Nikolai (born 28 August 1999)
    • Prince Felix (born 22 July 2002)
    • Prince Henrik (born 4 May 2009)
    • Princess Athena (born 24 January 2012)
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Family photo on the occasion of the christening of Queen Margrethe’s first grandchild, Prince Nikolai of Denmark.

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Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik with their grandchildren Prince Felix, Prince Henrik, Prince Christian and Princess Isabella.

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Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik with grandchildren, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine.

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark celebrates her 76th Birthday with her grandchildren, ( left to right ) Princess Isabella, Prince Nikolai, Princess Athena, Prince Henrik, Princess Josephine,Prince Felix,Prince Christian and Prince Vincent.



Queen Margrethe II celebrated her Ruby Jubilee, the 40th year on the throne, on 14 January 2012. This was marked by a carriage procession and a gala banquet at Christiansborg Palace.

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Margrethe and Prince Henrik arrive in The Golden Coach at City Hall for a luncheon and concert to celebrate 40 years on the throne of Queen Margrethe.

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On 13 February 2018, Prince Henrik, the husband of Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II, died at age 83 from a lung infection.

Queen Margrethe and the couple’s two sons Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim were at his side, at Fredensborg Palace. They were married for over fifty years.

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The Danish Royal House announced on March 12, 2020 that “in light of the spread of COVID-19 and the consequences for society” Queen Margrethe 80th birthday celebrations were officially cancelled.

The Queen says in her statement:

“Denmark and the international community stand in a very difficult situation right now. We all have a special responsibility to show consideration for each other and together contribute to helping Denmark successfully get through the very big challenges the country faces. I therefore appeal that we all follow the government’s and the authorities’ directions and take care of each other.

I would like to direct a heartfelt thank you to the Danish healthcare personnel and the authorities, institutions, businesses and individuals displaying great decisive action and care for the Danish people so that we, together, can get through this difficult time.”

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However, in honor of her 80th birthday, the Royal House published a series of new portraits of Queen Margrethe together with her son Crown Prince Frederik and grandson Prince Christian.

The portraits were taken in the fall and winter of 2019 at Christian IX’s Mansion at Amalienborg as well as at Fredensborg Castle by photographer Per Morten Abrahamsen.

For the photos Queen Margrethe wore her Daisy Diamond Brooch.

The series contains as well individual portraits of The Queen.

Happy Birthday to Queen Margrethe of Denmark and many more to come!!!



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