Photo by Bill Ebbesen (CC BY 3.0)
This past weekend was the celebration of the Ruby Jubilee (40th anniversary) of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark’s accession to the throne. Unlike the UK, which has postponed the Diamond Jubilee celebrations for warmer weather (Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the throne in February 1952, yet the Jubilee is planned for June), the Danes celebrated on Margrethe’s actual accession anniversary weekend; she came to the throne on January 14, 1972.
A grieving Margrethe is proclaimed Queen
The Danish Royal Family celebrated with a gala concert, church service, gala banquet, and naturally, a balcony appearance. (The Danish royals really know how to throw a party.) Additionally, Margrethe and her sisters, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece and Princess Benedikte, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, visited the grave of their parents (King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid) to lay wreaths. Margrethe also invited heads of state from neighboring countries to the festivities. King Carl Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden, and King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway all came to celebrate with the Danes.
Margrethe is reportedly a very popular monarch, and I certainly find her interesting. (Of all the European monarchs, she seems the most cool. I can’t help but like her.) She has a flair for the dramatic, and nowhere is it more evident than in her outfits, some of which she designs herself. (I’ve followed royal fashion for a while now, and Margrethe’s outfits are always some of the most fun.)
Photo by Frank M. Rafik (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
There is an air of “I’m the Queen, and I’ll do what I please, thank you” to her, but also a strong sense of duty. In a recent interview, she mentioned the influence Queen Elizabeth II had on her early in her reign. Margrethe talked about Elizabeth’s promise to devote her entire life to her country, and how it convinced Margrethe to do the same.
Tillykke (congratulations) to Her Majesty on 40 years, and here’s to many more.
The official Danish news site of the celebrations, with articles and slideshows can be found here, and a video playlist can be seen here. (This page will not open in Google Translate, as otherwise the video will not play.) Everything in the videos is naturally in Danish, but even if I can’t understand a word, I still like watching. Tusind tak (many thanks) to DR for making their videos available to international viewers.