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The oldest monarchy in Europe is celebrating this weekend as Queen Margrethe II of Denmark reaches her 40th year as sovereign.
Following the death of her father, King Frederick IX, she was proclaimed Queen on 15 January 1972, becoming the first female monarch of the nation since 1412, choosing the motto: “God’s help, the love of the people, Denmark’s strength”.
Due to her historical achievement, the Queen allowed for journalists to enter he palaces. She claimed to the BBC “there’s much more press attention on the younger members of the royal family than there used to be”, her eldest son married an Australian Marketing Manager. Crown Princess Mary, the Danish version of the Duchess of Cambridge, was complimented on her “style and competence” by the Queen.
When asked if there was any suggestions of abdicating the throne in favour of her son and daughter-in-law, she remarked “I believe you should be appointed when the previous King or Queen dies. It’s not a prison sentence, but a life service”.
Celebrating the festivities this weekend are the entire Danish royal family, including Queen Margrethe’s sister, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece. Neighbouring royalty, King Harold V & Queen Sonja of Norway and Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden.
A concert took place yesterday in honour of the Ruby Jubilee, thousands lined the streets to congratulate the Queen.