Christening of Queen Margrethe of Denmark, 1940

The Christening of Princess (now Queen) Margrethe of Denmark, eldest daughter of King Frederik IX of Denmark and Princess Ingrid of Sweden (wearing her Daisy Brooch) at the Holmens Kirke in Copenhagen on this day in 1940, just weeks into the Nazi Occupation of Denmark. Her godparents were King Christian X (grandfather), Prince Knud (uncle), and Prince Axel of Denmark (cousin), who were present, while King Gustav V (great-grandfather), Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf (grandfather), and Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, Duke of Västerbotten (uncle) and Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught (great-grandfather) were not in attendance due to the Occupation.

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Queen Margrethe met her grandfather, Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, exactly five years later when he visited Copenhagen just days after the Liberation of Denmark. The following month, Crown Princess Ingrid took Princess Margrethe and Princess Benedikte on their first visit to Sweden, to meet other members of the family, including her two other godparents. Only Prince Arthur, who had died in 1942, was unable to meet his great-granddaughter.


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