Queen Margrethe’s Birthdays

Queen Margrethe of Denmark is celebrating her 80th Birthday and while the big celebrations to mark the day have been cancelled, we are still going ahead with taking a look at her previous birthday celebrations, which have been celebrated in a suitably grand manner.

In 1958, King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid (in the Pearl Poiré Tiara) hosted a series of Banquets to mark the 18th Birthday of their eldest daughter and heir (who was wearing the Alexandrine Drop Tiara, a birthday gift, and the Order of the Elephant)  which included her grandfather, King Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, her godmother and great-aunt, Lady Patricia Ramsay (in Princess Helena Victoria’s Honeysuckle Tiara), cousin Princess Margretha of Sweden (wearing the Khedive of Egypt Tiara), and Princess Margretha of Sweden and Denmark (in her Floral Tiara) among the host of Royal Guests and Relatives.

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To mark the then Crown Princess Margretha’s 30th Birthday in 1970, the Danish Royal Family waved to crowds from the Balcony of Amalienborg Palace, an annual occurrence on the birthday of the Danish Sovereign, which is reserved for only the most special birthdays of their Heirs.

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10 years later, the now Queen Margrethe was woken up by her family at Fredensborg Palace before the traditional balcony appearance at Amalienborg to celebrate her 40th Birthday. While there was no Gala Dinner, new portraits (wearing the Emerald Parure Tiara) were released.

Big celebrations came in 1990, when Queen Margrethe marked her 50th Birthday with a series of celebrations including a Banquet hosted by the Queen (wearing the Pearl Poiré Tiara) which was also attended by Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik, Prince Joachim, Queen Ingrid (in the Ruby Parure Tiara), King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie (in the Greek Emerald Tiara), Princess Benedikte (wearing the Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Fringe Tiara), King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia (wearing Queen Sofia’s 9-Prong Tiara) of Sweden and King Olav V of Norway.

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There were even bigger celebrations 10 years later, when Queen Margrethe celebrated her 60th Birthday, with the events starting with a Gala Performance of ‘The Kermesse in Bruges’ at the Royal Danish Theatre on the evening of the 15th. The following morning, the Danish Royal Family waved to crowds from the Balcony of Amalienborg Palace, followed by a Service of Thanksgiving, a Carriage Procession through Copenhagen, and a Reception at the City Hall. In the evening, Queen Margrethe (wearing the Floral Aigrette Tiara and her Antique Diamond Parure) hosted a glittering Banquet at Christiansborg Palace, and the Danish Royal Family was joined by Royal Guests and Relatives from around the world. Click HERE to learn more about the Royal Guests, Relatives and the Tiaras at the celebrations.

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Like her 80th Birthday today, Queen Margrethe’s 70th Birthday in 2010 were also overshadowed by a big event, the eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull, which made it impossible for many guests to arrive in Copenhagen by time. The celebrations became with a Banquet Dinner at Christiansborg Palace on April 13th, which was attended by Queen Margrethe (wearing the Pearl Poiré Tiara) and Prince Henrik leading Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary (in her Wedding Tiara), Prince Joachim and Princess Marie (wearing the Dagmar Tiara), and Princess Benedikte (in her Floral Tiara).

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On the evening of 15th, the Danish Royal Family were joined by some Foreign Royal Guests for a Gala Performance at the Royal Danish Theatre. Queen Margrethe (wearing the Emerald Parure Tiara) and Prince Henrik were joined by Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary (in the Ruby Parure), Prince Joachim and and Princess Marie, King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie (in the Greek Emerald Parure), Princess Benedikte (wearing the Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Fringe Tiara), Princess Alexia (in her Diamond Tiara), Prince Gustav and Carina Axelsson (wearing the Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Diamond Spike Tiara). Foreign Royal Guests included King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia (in the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure) [who arrived late and were not pictured], Crown Princess Victoria (wearing the Four-Button Tiara), Daniel Westling, and Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Crown Princess Mette Marit of Norway (wearing the Amethyst Necklace Tiara) [who had arrived by train earlier than the rest of the family], and Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg (in the Emerald Art Deco Tiara).

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The following morning, Queen Margrethe was woken up by family and friends at Fredensborg Palace, which was followed by the traditional balcony appearance at Amalienborg before a carriage ride through Copenhagen before a Reception at the Copenhagen’s City Hall.

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In the evening, Queen Margrethe (wearing the Floral Aigrette Tiara) hosted a Gala Dinner at Fredensborg Palace, which was attended by the rest of the Foreign Royal Guests, who had finally arrived in Copenhagen. They included King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia (in the Modern Fringe Tiara), Crown Princess Victoria, Daniel Westling, and Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, King Harald and Queen Sonja (wearing Queen Maud’s Pearl Tiara), Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette Marit of Norway (in the Diamond Daisy Bandeau), Queen Beatrix (wearing the Ruby Peacock Tiara), the Prince of Orange, and Crown Princess Maxima of The Netherlands (in the Sapphire Necklace Tiara) and Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg (wearing the Vine Leaves Tiara), in addition to Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary (in the Midnight Tiara), Prince Joachim and and Princess Marie, King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie (in the Khedive of Egypt Tiara and the Ruby Parure), Princess Benedikte (wearing the Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Fringe Tiara), Princess Alexia (in her Diamond Tiara and Ruby Bow Brooch), Prince Gustav and Carina Axelsson (wearing the Berleburg Diamond Spike Tiara) from the extended Danish Royal Family.

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Queen Margrethe’s 75th Birthday started earlier in April with events in Aarhus, while the main event was a big Banquet hosted by Queen Margrethe (wearing the Floral Aigrette Tiara and Crown Pearl and Ruby Parure) at Christiansborg Palace, with Foreign Royal Guests including King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie of Greece (in the Greek Emerald Tiara), King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden (wearing the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure), King Harald V of Norway, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands (in the Dutch Diamond Bandeau), Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium (wearing the Nine Provinces Tiara), and King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain (in the Ansorena Fleur de Lys Tiara). The following day, Queen Margrethe was woken up at Fredensborg Palace, which was followed by the traditional balcony appearance at Amalienborg before a carriage ride through Copenhagen before a Reception at the Copenhagen’s City Hall. In the evening, Queen Margrethe hosted a Gala Dinner at Fredensborg Palace, which was attended by the Swedish and Norwegian Royal Families.

This year’s 80th Birthday celebrations were planned to span the entire month of April, but alas, it’s better to be safe than sorry, and we hopefully have many more big celebrations to come!

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