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How will Queen Margrethe celebrate her first birthday as a widow?

How will Queen Margrethe celebrate her first birthday as a widow? Many have asked this question as the Queen’s birthday is approaching. Her Majesty Queen Margrethe of Denmark turns 78-years-old on 16 April. Now the Danish Royal Court has announced her plans.

The Danish Royal Court confirmed that the Queen would follow the annual tradition. On her birthday, on 16 April, Her Majesty, as well as the rest of the Royal Family, will appear at Amalienborg Palace, at 12:00 am. The royal guard will use their red gala uniforms, and protocols of congratulations will be present at the palace for those wishing to write a personal greeting to the Queen on her birthday. The only thing that will be different is that this will be the first time without Prince Henrik.

Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark. Photo: Mogens Engelund via Wikimedia Commons.

However, it is not the Queen’s birthday that is the most popular topic in Denmark these days. The Queen’s son, Crown Prince Frederik, turns 50 and this will be celebrated with a grand television broadcast. A television show called “All Denmark celebrating the Crown Prince” will air on live DR1 TV on 27 May 2018 at 20:00 from the Royal Arena in Copenhagen for Crown Prince Frederik’s 50th birthday.

It was also recently revealed that the Crown Prince will inherit Prince Henrik’s home in France and that Prince Joachim will not inherit any of his father’s properties.

Prince Henrik with his wife, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Photo: Holger Motzkau via Wikimedia Commons.

Prince Henrik, the Queen’s husband of 50 years, died on 13 February after a short illness. He’d been diagnosed with dementia last autumn and was rushed back to Copenhagen in January from his annual trip to Egypt for pneumonia which revealed a benign tumour on his lung.

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. 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 and Prince Joachim.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.