COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark’s Queen Margrethe laid a wreath on the grave of her mother and father Friday as she marked her 50 years on the throne of Europe’s oldest ruling monarchy. The festivities had been held within the shadow of the pandemic that has led to the postponement of a few of the occasions to September.
The outbreak which already stopped public celebrations for the favored monarch’s 80th birthday in 2020, meant that a number of company needed to cancel their participation within the two-day celebrations. They included Margrethe’s youthful sister, former Queen Anne-Marie of Greece whose husband has examined optimistic for COVID-19. The Greek monarchy was abolished within the 1970s.
Flanked by her different sister, Princess Benedikte, her two sons — together with Crown Prince Frederik, the inheritor to the throne — and their spouses, Margrethe laid a wreath on the grave of her mother and father on the Roskilde cathedral, west of Copenhagen, the place Danish royals have been buried since 1559.
She additionally met with the federal government and attended a reception at Parliament.
“You’re a ethical compass,” Henrik Dam Kristensen, speaker of the Danish Parliament mentioned in an handle to the monarch on the 179-seat Folketing. He famous that Margrethe is the primary feminine monarch of Denmark since her namesake Queen Margrethe I, the ruler of the Scandinavian international locations in 1375–1412 through the Kalmar Union.
Whereas Friday’s a part of the celebrations was maintained, jubilee occasions scheduled for Saturday have been postponed, together with Margrethe being cheered by hundreds from the balcony of the Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, a journey via the capital in a horse-drawn carriage, a gala efficiency on the Royal Theater and a festive banquet.
On Jan. 14, 1972, her father, King Frederik IX, died after a brief sickness. The next day, a red-eyed Margrethe, aged 31, stood on the balcony of the downtown Christiansborg Fort and was formally proclaimed queen earlier than a crowd of hundreds.
All through her reign, the queen has crisscrossed the realm and made quite a few visits overseas.
Final 12 months she traveled to Denmark’s self-governing territories of the Faeroe Islands and Greenland. She additionally went to Berlin for the centennial of the 1920 reunification with Denmark of the southern a part of the Jutland peninsula which had been below German rule.
When she has a break from official duties, Margrethe — Europe’s second longest reigning monarch after Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II — paints, sketches, illustrates books, creates church textiles and embroiders. She has additionally created costumes and units for a number of ballets on the Tivoli gardens, Copenhagen’s downtown amusement park.
Born on April 16, 1940, every week after the beginning of Nazi Germany’s World Battle II occupation of Denmark, the toddler princess turned an emblem of hope to many Danes within the battle years.
It took a vote to make her queen, although. In 1953, the Danish Structure was modified following a referendum through which greater than 85% of individuals voted to permit feminine succession.
Beforehand, the Danish throne had descended solely via the male line, however the rise of feminism and the truth that Frederik and Swedish-born Queen Ingrid had three daughters however no son, had swayed public opinion.
The Danish structure offers Margrethe no actual political energy however she is clearly well-versed in legislation and is aware of the content material of laws she is named upon to signal.
“My principal and most vital process is to be Queen of Denmark and the top of state,” she mentioned in a current TV interview. “However I’m grateful that I may also specific myself artistically.”
One in every of her newest initiatives is collages for a movie by Danish Academy Award-winning director Bille August, who’s adapting a narrative a couple of fairytale kingdom. The movie is anticipated in 2023.
Her reputation has partially grown due to her simple speaking in her annual televised New Years speeches, the place she has spoken about being much less “egocentric,” integrating foreigners and tackling loneliness.
In 2014, 82% of respondents in a ballot opposed abolishing the monarchy.
Ten years in the past, celebrating her 40th anniversary on the throne, Margrethe mirrored on her function and the way forward for the Danish monarchy, saying: “You don’t work to maintain a place, you’re employed to maintain your nation,”
“You give your life to your nation,” she mentioned. Margrethe has a number of instances disregarded the suggestion she ought to abdicate in favor of her 52-year-old son, Crown Prince Frederik.