Queen Margrethe II of Denmark will celebrate her 77th birthday in a slightly different fashion than she has in past years, moving the celebrations to Aarhus, on the Jutland peninsula, from Copenhagen.
On 16 April, crowds will gather at Marselisborg Palace to greet Denmark’s longest-serving queen on her birthday. The gates of Marselisborg Palace will open as of 11:20 that morning, and The Royal Life Guards will march in front of the castle starting at 11:45. A changing of the guard will take place at noon before Queen Margrethe and her family greet the crowds.
Marselisborg Palace is normally used as Queen Margrethe’s summer residence and is not open to the public, except for the gardens.
Queen Margrethe has typically celebrated her birthday, known in Denmark as “dronningen”, at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen. On her 75th birthday in 2015, she hosted a glittering gala with representatives from foreign royal houses, including the King and Queen of Spain, the King and Queen of the Netherlands, and the King and Queen of Sweden, among others.
The last time Queen Margrethe celebrated her birthday outside Copenhagen was in 2014, for her 74th birthday, which she celebrated in Aarhus.
Her Majesty was born on 16 April 1940 at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen as the eldest child of King Frederick IX of Denmark and Queen Ingrid of Sweden. She has two younger sisters, Princess Benedikte and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece.
Queen Margrethe is a first cousin to King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden through her mother.
She married Prince Henrik, born Henri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat in France, on 10 June 1967. They have two children together: Crown Prince Frederik (b. 26 May 1968) and Prince Joachim (b.7 June 1969). They have eight grandchildren: Prince Christian, Princess Isabella Prince Vincent, and Princess Josephine through Frederik, and Prince Nikolai, Prince Felix, Prince Henrik, and Princess Athena through Joachim.