The Royal Danish House has released a new official photograph that was taken to mark Her Majesty Queen Margrethe’s 76th birthday on 16 April. It was taken by Steen Brogaard in the Garden Room of Christian IX’s Palace in Amalienborg. Brogaard took the photo immediately after the family had made their traditional balcony appearance for Her Majesty’s birthday. The new image features Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederick, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim, and Princess Marie. The photo was featured on the Royal Danish House’s official website, Facebook, and Instagram.
Her Majesty was born 16 April 1940 in Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen as the eldest of three daughters to Frederick IX of Denmark and Ingrid of Sweden. She was born just one week after Nazi Germany invaded Denmark on the 9 of April. She married French diplomat, Count Henri de Laborde de Monpezat on 10 June 1967. Their first child, Crown Prince Frederick was born on 26 May 1968 and their second son, Prince Joachim was born on 7 June 1969.
Frederick married Australian Mary Donaldson in 2004. They have four children: Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Princess Josephine, and Prince Vincent. Joachim was first married to Alexandra Manley, and they had two children: Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix. They divorced in 2005. He then married French Marie Cavallier in 2008. Together they have two children: Prince Henrik and Princess Athena. After the passing of her father, Margrethe became the Queen of Denmark on 14 January 1972. She celebrated her Ruby Jubilee, for her 40th year on the throne, on 14 January 2012. Aside from her native Danish, she is also fluent in French, English, Swedish, German, and some Faroese.
As with many of the current reigning monarchs, her lineage can be traced back to Queen Victoria of Great Britain and Ireland, Empress of India. Victoria was her great-great-grandmother, and she is a 3rd cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. Her youngest sister, Anne-Marie married Constantine II of Greece, and thus became Queen of Greece in 1964.