Queen Margrethe was in the audience last night at the Pantomime Theatre, along with many of her family members, to enjoy her work on The Snow Queen. Appropriately, it was snowing as they arrived and were dressed for the weather.
The Queen has worked with Tivoli Ballet Theatre in Copenhagen on several different projects, both as a set and costume designer. Two years ago, she started working on a new ballet, The Snow Queen, with musician Nanna Øland Fabricius (known as Oh Land) and choreographer Yuri Possokhov. However, with the global health crisis, the ballet had not been performed since December 2019.
Margrethe was joined by several of her family members to celebrate and enjoy the evening. Crown Princess Mary, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent, Princess Josephine, and Prince Felix all attended the performance. She was brought on stage at the end of the performance to take a bow with the company to rapturous applause.
Her Majesty has collaborated with Tivoli several times over the last two decades. She first designed for Love in the Skarn Box in 2001 and has worked on Thumbelina, The Pig Boy, The Tin Soldier, Cinderella, The Lighthouse, and holiday favourite The Nutcracker.
The Queen has been designing ballet costumes and sets since 1992 when she worked on the Royal Danish Ballet’s new production of Danish ballet master and choreographer August Bournonville’s A Folk Tale. She attends the ballet often herself and has studied ballet as an adult.
Margrethe has not limited her work to the stage, though. She provided the illustrations for the Danish editions of the Lord of the Rings books and will be designing the costumes and sets for an upcoming Netflix fantasy film. Several of her paintings have been shown in different exhibitions, and she is also known to enjoy embroidery, as well.