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Queen Margrethe records her very first podcast


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For the first time in her life, Queen Margrethe of Denmark has taken part in a podcast. Queen Margrethe has previously been involved in a great number of books and TV productions and, in recent times, has been featured heavily on the Danish Royal Household’s social media, including Facebook and Instagram. However, it is now a podcast the 80-year-old is a part of.

Queen Margrethe is involved in the latest technology and has used the coronavirus pandemic to participate in a new podcast series about her fascination with art and culture. The series is available on the platform, Podimo.

In the podcast series “The Queen and Art”, Queen Margrethe talks about her great passion for art and culture and together with three well-known cultural personalities and dives down into her interest in music, ballet and visual arts.

Podimo’s co-founder and content director, Nikolaj Koppel, said: “The Queen’s interest and insight into many forms of art and culture is really great. As a board member of the Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik Foundation, I am impressed at every meeting with Her Majesty’s passion and often very detailed knowledge in the many forms of art”.

In the first episode, which premiered Tuesday 27 October, the Queen talks to Nikolaj Koppel, who is a pianist trained from the Royal Danish Academy of Music about classical music based on Tchaikovsky’s music for “The Nutcracker”. It is a work the Queen knows very well, as Her Majesty last winter designed costumes and sets for the ballet performance in Tivoli’s concert hall.

The enthusiasm for ballet and the collaboration with ballet director, Peter Bo Bendixen, form the framework for the second part of the podcast. The two have made more than 10 performances together at the Pantomime Theater. In the third and final episode, Queen Margrethe talks to her long time good friend, art historian Bente Scavenius, about visual art. Together, they dive into the details of, among other things, portrait art, floral symbolism, landscape paintings and Greenland in a number of selected works.

The podcast is named “The Queen and the Art” and will be available for free to anyone at the platform Podimo.

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.