Queen Margrethe of Denmark celebrates her Golden Jubilee on Friday, 14 January 2022, with some events now postponed until September due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Queen ascended the Danish throne in 1972, aged 31, following the death of her father King Frederik from a short illness.
The Queen adopted the motto is ‘God’s help, the love of The People, Denmark’s strength’.
However, unlike her British cousin Queen Elizabeth, Queen Margrethe did not have a Coronation but the Prime Minister Jens Otto Krag acclaimed and made a public announcement of her accession from the balcony at Christiansborg Palace, then crowds below cheered with ‘hurrah’ nine times.
Queen Margrethe is the first female monarch since 1472 following a constitutional amendment in 1953 to allow women to inherit the Danish throne.
Her predecessor Queen Margrethe I ruled over the Scandanavian kingdoms from 1375–1412 during the Kalmar Union which included Denmark, Norway (including its territories in Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands and the northern Scottish Isles of Orkney and Shetland), Sweden and parts of modern-day Finland.
Programme for Friday, 14 January
- 9.30 am – Queen Margrethe and Crown Prince Frederik begin the day with the Minister at Christianborg Castle.
- 10.00 am – The Queen, the Crown Prince Couple, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie and Princess Benedikte attend the Folketing’s (Parliament) official Jubilee celebrations.
- 12.00 noon – The Queen, the Crown Prince Couple, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie, Princess Benedict and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece will lay wreaths at King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid’s grave at Roskilde Cathedral.
Wellwishers will have the opportunity to congratulate Queen Margrethe online via the Royal Court of Denmark’s website, as it will not be possible, due to the coronavirus pandemic, to appear in person in the usual tradition at the Yellow Palace.
However, celebrations at Copenhagen’s City Hall, the gala performance at the Royal Theatre’s Old Stage, the festive service in Copenhagen Cathedral and a gala dinner at Christiansborg Castle will be held on 10 and 11 September 2022.
There will be an opportunity for the public to pay tribute to Queen Margrethe which coincides with the Changing of the Guard at Amalienborg Palace Square.
The Royal Court of Denmark will announce the final programme later this year.
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