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Queen Margrethe authors book about Denmark’s history

Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark has written a book entitled The Deepest Roots (De  Dybest Rødder in Danish) to be published in Denmark on 27 October. It was written in cooperation with Danish author and journalist, Thomas Larsen.

Her Majesty has written the book to cover the history of Denmark from pre-historic times to the present day. Behind-the-scenes information from her reign is also included in the book. Margrethe remarks on how much Denmark has changed in her 44 years on the throne. The recent immigration that has taken place in the Scandinavian country is a topic the Queen made sure to touch on in the writing saying the country has, “gone from friendly curiosity to skepticism about immigration”.

The cover of the book features a drawing of Queen Margrethe sitting in a chair with an open and seemingly Danish history book in her lap.

Thomas Larsen commented in a press release about his work with Her Majesty, “It has been a privilege to be able to write this book. She puts colour and personality to the story.”

Gyldendal, the Danish publishing company of The Deepest Roots, summarised the book by saying, “With Queen Margrethe was a tour guide invited the reader on a trip through Denmark. Never before has the queen told in such detail about his country and his fellow men. It has been the story of us. Told by a ruler who knows every corner of the country and knows how to take people the soul of the grain.”

They continued, “The Queen tells about the first hunter people about the Vikings and the time as a great power. She tells of the defeats that almost destroyed us, and the desire to travel the country again…The report is steeped in the Queen’s belief that we can meet the challenges if we want to.”

Denmark’s queen has been a well-known member of the arts in the country. Her artwork has been published since the 1970s, when she illustrated J. R. R. Tolkien’s Danish version of the Lord of the Rings. In this instance, she chose to have her artwork published under the pseudonym Ingahild Grathmer. Her drawings have also been featured in the poetry book Cantabile that her husband, Prince Henrik authored. Earlier this year, it was revealed that Queen Margrethe had designed the costumes for the Royal Danish Ballet’s, A Folk Tale.

Those wishing to purchase the book can do so here.

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