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Margrethe at 80: Queen and Mother


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Queen Margrethe is the proud mother of two sons, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim. She also has two loving and dutiful daughters-in-law, Crown Princess Mary and Princess Marie. Today, let’s look at some of Queen Margrethe’s motherly (and mother-in-law-ly) moments.

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Princess Margrethe became a mother for the first time on 26 May 1968, when her son, Prince Frederik, was born.

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King Frederick IX celebrated his 70th birthday on 11 March 1969 in the presence of his daughter and heir, Princess Margrethe, and her son, Prince Frederik.

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Princess Margrethe became a mother for the second time on 7 June 1969, with the birth of Prince Joachim.

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Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik, and their sons at Château de Cayx in France. The couple vacationed in France that August, months after Margrethe ascended to the Danish throne in 1972.

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Queen Margrethe and her children in 1975.

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Queen Margrethe poses for an official birthday portrait in 1980: her 40th birthday.

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On 18 November 1995, Prince Joachim married for the first time, to Alexandra Manley (now the Countess of Frederiksborg).

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The official wedding portrait.

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Queen Margrethe with Prince Joachim, Princess Alexandra, and Prince Nikolai on her 60th birthday in 2000.

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On 8 October 2003, Crown Prince Frederik announced his engagement to Mary Donaldson. The wedding would take place on 14 May the following year.

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Shortly before appearing on the balcony at Fredensborg Palace, Queen Margrethe and Mary Donaldson share a laugh as the queen cleans her son’s jacket.

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Queen Margrethe and Mary Donaldson on the balcony for the Queen’s 64th birthday celebrations in April 2004.

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Queen Margrethe gives her son a kiss outside the Danish Parliament for a reception ahead of his wedding, 13 May 2004.

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Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik and Mary Donaldson at a Copenhagen City Hall reception ahead of the wedding, 12 May 2004.

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A kiss for her son on his wedding day, 14 May 2004.

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Queen Margrethe gives her new daughter-in-law a kiss on her wedding day, 14 May 2004.

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For a couple who met at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, a trip to the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens was definitely in the plan for Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary. Queen Margrethe also travelled to Athens, and the royal trio watched the gold medal women’s handball match between Denmark and South Korea. Denmark won!

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Queen Margrethe and Crown Princess Mary on an official visit to the Faroe Islands in 2005.

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Queen Margrethe and Crown Princess Mary chatting at a summer photocall in 2007.

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On 24 May 2008, Prince Joachim married again, to Marie Cavallier.

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Sharing a laugh on the balcony during Queen Margrethe’s 69th birthday celebrations.

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Watching the opening of a street art festival during the State Visit to Vietnam in 2009.

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Trying on helmets in Vietnam in 2009.

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At the summer photo call at Gråsten Palace in 2014.

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Greeting Crown Prince Frederik at the opening of Danish Parliament in 2014.

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With her sons on the balcony for her 75th birthday celebrations in 2015.

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Queen Margrethe and Crown Prince Frederik on his 50th birthday in 2018.

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On his 50th birthday in 2019, Queen Margrethe gave a dinner for Prince Joachim in Copenhagen.



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Jess is a communications professional and freelance writer who lives in Halifax and has a passion for all things royal, particularly the British Royal Family.