WONDERFUL QUEEN OF DENMARK
On April 16, 2017 Queen Margrethe II celebrated her 77th birthday. She is the first child of King Frederick IX and Queen Ingrid. At the moment when she was born only men could inherit the throne. However, in March 1953 the order of succession was changed, and females could become Queen as long as they did not have a brother. Thus, at the age of 13, young Margrethe became heiress presumptive to the throne.
32-year-old Margrethe II succeeded the throne after her father’s passing. She became the first woman monarch of Denmark after Queen Margrethe I who ruled the Scandinavian countries in 1375-1412. Once Margrethe said, she considered herself not to be ambitious enough. According to her, she would hardly become a career woman in normal life.
Denmark is a country with a constitutional monarchy and the monarch there can’t independently perform political acts. However, Margrethe II personally signs all the acts provided by the Parliament. They come into force only after being countersigned by a Cabinet Minister.
As a head of state, Queen Margrethe II takes part in the formation of a new government. She also formally appoints and dismisses civil servants.
She receives heads of other states and international ambassadors in Denmark and goes abroad to represent her country as well.
Denmark and the Danes
She doesn’t consider Denmark as a multicultural country, but notes that more people with different roots, backgrounds and religions live there at the current time. She is bound to the Lutheran faith but says that her religious values make her closer to representatives of other religions.
The Danes love their queen for her unpretentious manner and the closeness to her subjects.
Queen Margrethe II has many hobbies. In her spare time she often enjoys drawing. Over many years she has had many art exhibitions. Her illustrations impressed John Ronald Reuel Tolkien and were used for the Danish edition of The Lord of the Rings. However, the Queen used a pseudonym Ingahild Grathmer. In addition, her drawings were used in two movies, both adaptations of Hans Christian Andersen stories.
In addition to drawing, Queen Margrethe II likes to embroider. She finds embroidering a very relaxing activity, which helps clean one’s mind.
The Queen of Denmark is also knows as a costume designer for ballet performances. She never forgets about her own appearance. The Guardian put her in the list of the fifty best-dressed people over 50s in the world.
Her mother tongue is Danish. In addition to it, she speaks French, Swedish, English and German. As her husband, Margrethe II takes part in the translation of books. The translation of Simone de Beauvoir's ‘Tous les hommes sont mortels’ from French into Danish was performed jointly by the Queen and her husband.
She knows a lot not only about art. From 1958 to 1970, she performed voluntary service with Women’s Flying Corps and received comprehensive training in the corps during this time. The Queen is also somehow related to particular units of the British Defence. In 1972, Margrethe II was appointed Colonel-in-Chief of The Queen's Regiment. After that, in 1992, she became Colonel-in-Chief of The Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment.
Despite her military education, Queen Margrethe has stage fright when having her art exhibitions. According to her, she always feels butterflies in her stomach every time she presents her paintings.
The Danish monarchy is considered to be the oldest in Europe. The genealogy of Queen Margrethe II can be traced back to a thousand years in the past, to the first kings of Denmark from the Vikings. Queen Margrethe II is a great-great-granddaughter of Victoria, who was the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
When she was 28 years old, Margrethe II married Count Henri de Laborde de Monpezat, a French diplomat, who was later titled and named as ‘His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark’. The couple very quickly became popular in Denmark. They have two children Frederik and Joachim.
The members of the Danish royal family take part in many diplomatic and charitable events and are the most important ambassadors of the country.
On her 76th birthday, the Queen brought together all her family. They all posed on the balcony of Amalienborg Palace in order to make family photos. The grandchildren of the Queen drew extremely much attention. There are eight of them. Denmark was celebrating the Queen’s birthday more than one week. According to Margrethe II, people in Denmark like to celebrate holidays for a long time.
The Queen sees in her age its advantages. Yes, she now can’t enjoy favorite sports but she now has a different experience from that of the young who, according to her, “do everything for the first time”.
On the occasion of her birthday the Danish royal family launched a mobile app named ‘Kongehuset’. Thanks to it, one can follow recent news of the royal family and events with the participation of its members. Moreover, this app gives one the opportunity to become an unofficial photographer for the royal family, as the app allows users to upload their own photos of events with Queen and her relatives. After being reviewed, the best pictures become parts of the photo-gallery in the app.
Nikolay Gavrilov, Agata Korovina, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov