Margaret II. 50 years of reign for the stainless queen of Denmark.

Margaret II. 50 years of reign for the stainless queen of Denmark.

Unifying and standard, Queen Margrethe II, 82 and nonetheless dressed to the nines, has subtly modernized the picture of the Danish monarchy throughout her 50 years of reign, celebrated with fanfare this weekend.

Queen Margrethe II in the course of the inauguration of her exhibition in Cahors, France, on August 17, 2022

On January 14, 1972, on the dying of her father Frederik IX after a reign of 24 years, she was then the primary lady to ascend the throne – Margrethe I used to be solely regent (1375-1412).

On the time, solely 45% of Danes nonetheless supported the monarchy, the others believing that the oldest European royal home nonetheless in place had no place in a contemporary democracy.

At present, the share of the monarchists has risen effectively past three-quarters. And the Danish royal household is likely one of the hottest on the earth.

The queen, whose reign is the second longest within the historical past of the dominion, is an establishment that appears to be unbreakable.

Queen, Margrethe II may additionally by no means have been as a result of the Danish Structure prohibited till 1953 that the crown arrives on the top of a girl.

To the detriment of his uncle Knud and his son, the legislation was then modified by referendum, beneath stress from Danish governments involved with modernity.

The idea of her recognition is that “the queen is just not political in any respect, she unites the nation as a substitute of dividing it,” historian Lars Hovebakke Sørensen instructed AFP.

“She managed to be a queen who unified the Danish nation via many adjustments: globalization, the appearance of a multicultural state, financial crises (…) and the Covid-19 pandemic”, develops he.

Scheduled for January, the festivities of his jubilee had been postponed to September due to the Covid.

– Constructing –

In a documentary, Margrethe II confided that she discovered from her father to speak in confidence to the love of her topics. “You must obtain. You should not simply wave your hand,” Frederik IX had suggested him.

Widowed since 2018, the queen, affectionately nicknamed “Daisy” by her folks, has helped to regularly modernize the monarchy with out trivializing it.

“I’ll keep on the throne till I fall,” warned this inveterate smoker, mom of two sons, the eldest of whom, Frederik, 54, is to succeed him.

There isn’t any custom of abdication within the Scandinavian nation of 5.8 million inhabitants, however the query hardly arises for a queen in possession of her means.

In Could, her hat impeccably screwed on her head, she had taken the curler coaster of Tivoli, the well-known amusement park in Copenhagen.


Costume designer and scenographer, the queen, born in Copenhagen on April 16, 1940, likes to put on her frank smile throughout the nation.

Each summer time, she takes a cruise together with her yacht, the Dannebrog, earlier than taking over her summer time quarters within the southwest of France, on the Château de Cayx.

The sovereign had purchased it in 1975 together with her late husband Prince Henrik, Henri de Montpezat, a French-born noble diplomat from the area.

Her erudition – she studied at Cambridge and on the Sorbonne – and her a number of skills make her an instance for the Danes who religiously observe her televised speeches, specifically her end-of-year greetings.

A polyglot mental, she tried her hand at translation by creating specifically in 1981, beneath a pseudonym and in collaboration together with her husband, a Danish model of Simone de Beauvoir’s work “All males are mortal”.

However it’s above all in drawing and portray that she stands out. Margrethe has illustrated many literary works, such because the 2002 reissue of JRR Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings”.

His work have been exhibited in prestigious museums and galleries – in Denmark and overseas.


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