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Denmark

Queen Margrethe shines in new official portrait

A new official portrait of Queen Margrethe of Denmark has been released by the Royal House to mark her 80th birthday.

The Royal House said portraits of Margrethe are a narrative of the Queen’s life as head of state: “Portraits are therefore also part of the narrative about the Danish head of state’s life and activities.”

The image was taken this summer and replaces the official image that was released in 2012. The photographer is Per Morten Abrahamsen.

Photo: Per Morten Abrahamsen

It shows Her Majesty in formal wear with the Pearl Poiré Tiara in Dome Hall at Fredensborg Palace in Fredensborg. The tiara is matched with a pair of earrings, necklace and a brooch; all of these have featured in several of Queen Margrethe’s official gala portraits.

The Queen is also seen in the Order of the Elephant sash with its breast star, Grand Commander’s cross of the Order of Dannebrog and Frederik IX’s portrait with diamonds.

The portrait is mounted in Danish oak with the Royal Crown at the top. The Royal House said it would “henceforth be seen hanging in, among other places, state institutions, including embassies and consulates, as well as on Danish vessels.”

The Queen celebrated her 80th birthday in April in a scaled down form due to the ongoing pandemic.

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