Yesterday, 5 June, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe of Denmark and her husband, Prince Henrik unveiled a sculpture in honour of their upcoming 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday at Fredensborg Palace.
The sculpture called “Miss Fredensborg” was designed by Prince Henrik, who retired from royal duties in 2016, and is located in the private section of the gardens of the palace. “Miss Fredensborg” is the couple’s joint gift to one another.
They were joined by their two sons, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim; daughters-in-law, Crown Princess Mary and Princess Marie; and grandchildren, Prince Nikolai, Prince Felix, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Henrik, Prince Vincent, Princess Josephine and Princess Athena.
As it was a private family event, no media were invited to the palace yesterday. However, the Royal Danish House released the above image to the press after the family had gathered to unveil the statue; they also posted a video of the revealing on their Facebook page.
The Royal Court announced last summer that the celebrations for the golden wedding anniversary of 77-year-old Queen Margrethe and 82-year-old Prince Henrik would be a private family affair in contrast to the public celebrations of the Queen’s 75th birthday in 2015.
Prince Henrik will celebrate his 83rd birthday privately on Sunday.
Queen Margrethe married the French-born Henri (his name was Danicised to Henrik after marriage) on 10 June 1967 in the Danish capital of Copenhagen at the Church of Holmen. Together, they have two children: Crown Prince Frederik (b. 1968) and Prince Joachim (b. 1969). They also have eight grandchildren: Prince Christian (b. 2005), Princess Isabella (b. 2007), Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine (twins born 2011) through Crown Prince Frederik; and Prince Nikolai (b. 1999), Prince Felix (b. 2002), Prince Henrik (b. 2009) and Princess Athena (b. 2012) through Prince Joachim.