Queen Margrethe gets family welcome at Gråsten Palace

Queen Margrethe of Denmark arrived at Gråsten Palace, her summer residence, on Tuesday for her summer stay in South Jutland. She received a warm welcome upon arrival by her grandchildren, and it was documented on the Danish Royal Family’s Instagram account.

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Her Majesty was greeted by the children of her son, Crown Prince Frederik and his wife, Crown Princess Mary: Prince Christian (13), Princess Isabella (12), Prince Vincent (8), and Princess Josephine (8). In the photo, Prince Vincent is seen giving his grandmother a kiss on the cheek.

Margrethe and her late husband, Prince Henrik’s younger son, Prince Joachim, his wife, Princess Marie and their children are reportedly on holiday in France ahead of their move to Paris this autumn where Joachim will undergo military training.

The family’s Facebook account later shared a family photo of the Queen with the Crown Prince Family outside the royal residence saying, “Summer at Gråsten Palace.”

The Queen does not have any official engagements until the weekend when she and her younger sister, Princess Benedikte will undertake two engagements together on Saturday. It will include the unveiling of Queen Margrethe’s fairytale art for Gråsten Palace Church. The artwork will complement the 1943 fairytale and antependium of Queen Ingrid.

Gråsten Palace has served as the summer residence of the Danish Royal Family since 1935 when Queen Margrethe’s parents, King Frederik IV and Queen Ingrid – while still Crown Prince and Crown Princess – first chose it as their summer home. Queen Ingrid adored the palace who stayed there often until her death in 2000.

Gråsten Palace in 2007. Photo: PodracerHH/Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons

For a while, legend had it that the palace is the location where famed Hans Christian Andersen wrote “The Little Match Girl” in 1845; however, this proved not to be the case as Andersen wrote the poem at Augustenborg Palace instead.

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