Margrethe II of Denmark celebrates jubilee as Europe’s only reigning queen | Denmark

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Europe’s longest-reigning monarch and the only reigning queen since the death of Queen Elizabeth II, marked her jubilee with a series of low-key celebrations in tribute to her third cousin.

Margrethe, 82, a hugely popular monarch known for her artistic career as well as chain smoking, is said to have made the decision herself. He was originally going to turn 50 anniversary of her ascension to the Danish throne in January, but the celebrations were significantly reduced due to the pandemic.

Instead, full-scale celebrations were expected to take place across the country this weekend, but were then scaled back after Queen Elizabeth’s death on Thursday.

The palace said the decision was made “at the request of the queen herself,” Danish media reported.

In a letter of condolence to King Charles III, Margaret called Queen Elizabeth “a towering figure among European monarchs and a great inspiration to us all. We will miss him terribly.”

A carriage procession through the streets of Copenhagen as well as a balcony performance were cancelled.

Margrethe greets the staff of Royal Yacht Dannebrog in Copenhagen.
Margrethe greets the staff of Royal Yacht Dannebrog in Copenhagen. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/AP

“After 50 years on the throne, Queen Margrethe is now the longest living monarch in the world after the death of Queen Elizabeth,” Danish newspaper Berlingske said on Friday.

Margrethe was crowned Queen at the age of 31 on 14 January 1972.

At the time of her accession, only 45% of Danes were in favor of the royal family, disagreeing with its place in a modern democracy. Today it enjoys the support of more than 80% of the population.

Margrethe, who was widowed in 2018, is credited with modernizing the institution and encouraged the marriage of two of her sons to non-nobles. She is praised for remaining scandal-free and non-political.

Margrethe has repeatedly said that she will remain on the throne until she dies. In 2019 he told the Swedish newspaper Expressen: “I intend to stay in my position as long as I live. My mission is lifelong.” He said the resignation would only be called into question if he became seriously ill.

Her son, Crown Prince Frederik, 54, is set to succeed her.

Her fun-loving reputation was boosted in May this year when she rode a roller coaster at Copenhagen’s Tivoli amusement park, managing to keep her hat on.

She is considered a skilled visual artist, having illustrated several books and has exhibited her works in museums at home and abroad. She has also worked as a costume and set designer with the Royal Danish Ballet and the Royal Danish Theatre. Margrethe, a linguist, has also been involved in translation projects, including the 1981 translation of Simone de Beauvoir’s All Men are Mortal, under a pseudonym.

The decision to cancel street parties and a folk festival to be held on Saturday was made by the royal family. The Queen was due to appear on the balcony of Amalienborg Palace with members of her family, before taking a ceremonial carriage ride down Strøget in central Copenhagen to City Hall.

A gala performance at the Royal Theater was held “in an adapted format”, according to the palace.

Members of the Swedish and Norwegian royal families took part in the events over the weekend, including a church service on Sunday at Our Lady’s Church in Copenhagen, followed by a lunch on the Royal Yacht Dannebrog and a dinner at Christiansborg Palace.

Historian Lars Hovbakke Sørensen told Berlingske that although the ties between the families “were not that close”, the annulment followed protocol.

“It would send the wrong message to the world if you had a street festival,” he said. “It is necessary to show your sympathy mainly because there are both personal and family ties between the two royal families.”

The second longest-serving monarch is King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, who has been on the throne for 49 years.

The Sultan of Brunei has been on the throne for 54 years, but opinion is divided on whether he should be considered the world’s longest-serving monarch due to the fact that the country only gained independence from Britain in 1984.

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