Queen Margrethe II: the exceptional normal monarch of Denmark

Status: 01/14/2022 10:24 a.m.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is celebrating her 50th birthday today. As the first woman to the throne, she had an advantage, the 81-year-old says. A public speech shows why he is popular among the people.

By Sofie Donges, ARD-Studio Stockholm

Again, there will be no carriage ride through Copenhagen. As with Queen Margaret’s 80th birthday last year, the throne jubilee will also be small due to the pandemic – with some official appointments with the Danish government and parliament. From afar, however, the country wants to celebrate; for example with special programs on Danish television. For this, 18 Danes were allowed to personally meet their monarch and ask him questions. The Queen, seen as close to the people, visibly appreciated this and said, for example, that she would never eat in front of the television.

A woman from Copenhagen wanted to know if it was difficult to become the first woman in hundreds of years to become head of state. This had more advantages, the queen replied, “There was no such thing as,“ The old king always did it like this ”or“ The old king never would have done it. ”Because it was. now a woman, you knew it would be a little different. And that was support for me. “

On June 10, 1967, Margrethe II married the French diplomat Count Henri de Laborde de Monpezat, since called Prince Henrik of Denmark. The couple have two sons: Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim.

Image: picture alliance / Ritzau Scanpi

Scenographer and archaeologist by training

However, the young queen’s early years were not always easy. The 31-year-old at the time was seen as shy and insecure, which no one talks about anymore. Most Danes are very happy with their versatile monarch. They praise the fact that she lives a modern understanding of the monarchy and leads an active, “normal” life – and that she is a good artist.

Indeed, Margrethe has an artistic talent: she designs sets and costumes and illustrated the Danish edition of “Lord of the Rings” under a pseudonym. She also studied archeology, among others, something Margrethe II is still very interested in today.

“Driving a car? No way …”

But there are also things that she cannot do: “Cooking, I can still do that to a certain extent. But driving a car? Certainly not! I was never really good at it”, a- she joked. “Let’s put it this way: you would probably survive my meal.” Certainly not to my conduct … “

The celebrations have now been postponed until early September – combined with the hope that the pandemic situation will improve then.

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