Queen Margrethe: 15 unusual facts about the Danish head of state

50 years on the throne
15 unusual facts about Queen Margrethe II of Denmark

Queen Margrethe of Denmark celebrates her 50th anniversary of accession to the throne. On the occasion, we present you 15 interesting and unusual facts about the Queen.

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark celebrates her 50th birthday on the throne. Did you know that the regent wears the number 221 of the British throne? Or that she illustrated a book “The Lord of the Rings”? 15 interesting facts about the Danish head of state.

Margrethe was 31 when she mourned her father King Frederik IX 50 years ago. ascended the Danish throne. Since then she has been at the top of Denmark. This week, the 81-year-old regent celebrates her throne anniversary. But despite her old age, she is still very active. She paints or travels like in November in Germany. But did you know, for example, that Margrethe drank lemonade to celebrate the end of WWII? Here are more interesting and unusual facts about the Queen.

Margrethe II doesn’t like technology – and likes watching the “Olsen gang”

  1. The Queen wears the number 221 of the British throne as she is the granddaughter of Marguerite of Connaught, later Crown Princess of Sweden.
  2. In the book “Child of the Occupation”, Queen Margrethe recounts how, at age five, she celebrated the end of World War II by getting up on liberation night and drinking lemonade.
  3. When Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik got married in 1967, they received Marselisborg Castle in Aarhus from their parents as a wedding gift. “My father offered us free use of Marselisborg and we were allowed to furnish the castle as we wanted. I was a little skeptical, but my husband said ‘you have to say yes’. He could see something. remembered the castle as a somewhat old-fashioned house with not very pretty furniture, “said the” Århus Stiftstidende “.
  4. According to the book “Queen Margrethe”, the monarch wore glasses in 20 of her 47 New Year’s speeches. The first time was in 1986.
  5. Former “BT” newspaper court reporter Bodil Cath wrote in 2002 that Queen Margrethe’s first pets were two canaries, whom she called sir and madame.
  6. According to Bodil Cath, Queen Margrethe’s favorite toy as a child was a collection of plush toys. She had a rabbit, a turtle and, last but not least, a bear, which she named Plys after Peter Plys (in German Pooh the Bear).
  7. Queen Margrethe has suffered from arthritis in her knees for many years. According to Danish radio DR, she underwent knee surgery for the fifth time in 2007. Today she has two artificial knees.
  8. Margrethe has smoked from a young age. In 2004, she told BT that she had never tried or considered quitting smoking. In 2006, however, the royal family announced that they would no longer smoke in public.
  9. In 2010, the regent revealed in an interview for the documentary series “Inside the Royal House” that she did not have a cell phone and had never written an email. “I’m not very keen on this technique. I’m not very good with buttons,” she explained.
  10. The queen illustrated a new edition of “Lord of the Rings” under the pseudonym Ingahild Grathmer.
  11. Margrethe never had a date before meeting Prince Henrik. In the book “Enegænger” she says: “He invited me to lunch. I had never had lunch with someone like this before – I was traveling alone with a man! And yes, that was the first date – you with my life. “
  12. Margrethe enjoys watching the “Olsen Gang” movies. Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim revealed it in an interview with Danish news agency Ritzau on their 70th birthday.
  13. As a child, Margrethe became a member of the Danish Ornithological Society, according to Ritzau. She was a member for 15 years. Your favorite bird is therefore the crow.
  14. In 2010, Queen Margrethe appeared in a libretto by Donald Duck – portrayed as a turkey.
  15. The queen dislikes golf and hates mini-golf. “I couldn’t think of anything worse,” she said in the book “Three Sisters”.

Sources: “BT”, Danmark Radio, TV2

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