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Abdication of Queen Margrethe II

Poignant tribute to Queen Margrethe in the heart of her capital

Denmark is preparing to say goodbye to the reign of Queen Margrethe II but the wave of tributes pouring in aren’t limited to her own kingdom.

In the heart of her capital, Copenhagen, a particularly poignant tribute has been made to the current longest reigning monarch in Europe.

The French embassy in the Danish city has projected a huge ‘Merci’ across its facade with the first letter of the word made up of Margrethe’s monogram.

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It’s a special tribute to the queen but also to the consort who was at her side for most of her reign. Margrethe’s late husband, Prince Henrik, was French.

Henri de Laborde de Monpezat was born in Talence in 1934. He married Margrethe in 1967 and became consort on her accession to the throne in 1972.

He was known, in particular, for his environmental work. In later years, he spoke vocally on being denied the title of king consort. He died in February 2018.

On January 14th 2024, Henrik’s son will become King Frederik X.

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