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Queen Margrethe comes face to face with herself in a new portrait

Denmark’s Queen has unveiled a new portrait of herself, painted to mark her 80th birthday this year. Margrethe II revealed the new image as she officially opened an exhibition celebrating her life and reign.

The new portrait is by Nils Strobek, who has painted Margrethe on four other occasions. The artist said he wanted to show the Queen of Denmark as a private person so there are no images of monarchy in the painting. Margrethe is shown in evening dress, sitting beneath a starry sky. However, the pear wood frame is topped by the royal crown to underline the status of its subject.

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Queen Margrethe unveiled the painting on June 16th 2020 as she was joined by Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary at the opening of the exhibition ”The Faces of the Queen” at the National History Museum at Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerod.

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The new exhibition has been put together to mark Margrethe’s 80th birthday. It includes displays on her early life, her own interests and her family as well as her image as a monarch. As well as paintings of Margrethe, it includes photographs and representations of her as well as some of the most famous outfits she has worn.

The exhibition opens to the public on June 17th and runs until December 31st 2020. Measures introduced following the coronavirus pandemic are in place and more information can be found on the museum’s website.

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