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Danish Court announces events celebrating Queen Margrethe’s 80th birthday

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Photographer Per Morten Abrahamsen and Wonderful Copenhagen

As Queen Margrethe of Denmark will celebrate her 80th birthday on 16 April 2020, the Danish Court today released a program of events celebrating the Queen during the month of April. The program is similar to the one organised to celebrate the Queen’s 75th birthday in 2015.

On 2 April, the Queen will officially open the exhibition “The faces of the Queen” at the National History Museum at Frederiksborg Castle. The exhibition will portray the Queen’s life, work, and special interests. The exhibition shows films, clothes, and scenographic elements as well as a large number of portraits. The next day, the Queen will hold a press conference in the Garden Hall at Fredensborg Castle. On 14 April, the Queen will travel from Amalienborg to the Royal Theater in a coach. At the Royal Theater, she will join the Royal Family and invited guests to attend a gala performance broadcasted on DR1. 

On 15 April, the Queen will receive children from different Danish municipalities at Christianborg Castle. The initiative called “Children from Denmark’s Municipalities celebrate the Queen” is the birthday gift of the Danish municipalities to the Queen. In the evening, the Queen will host a gala dinner at Christianborg Castle with the royal family and guests from home and abroad in attendance.

On 16 April, the day of the Queen’s birthday, family and friends will sing below the Queen’s window at Fredensborg Castle to wake her up. At noon, the Royal Family will step out on the balcony at Amalienborg to celebrate the Queen with the crowd. The Royal Life Guard will carry out a change of guard at Amalienborg Palace Square before. The Queen will then travel by coach from Amalienborg to City Hall where there will be talks and entertainment, and where the Majesty will appear on the City Hall balcony. In the evening, the Queen will host a private dinner at Fredensborg Castle on the occasion of the birthday with the participation of the royal family and guests from home and abroad. It is expected that several members of foreign royal families will be in attendance for the main two days of celebrations.

On 25 April, The Queen will celebrate with a ballet gala in the Tivoli Concert Hall. Later, there is dinner at Restaurant Nimb for special guests, and the evening ends with party fireworks. While this event will conclude the birthday celebrations of the Queen in April, Queen Margrethe will make a summer trip on 5 and 6 June with the Dannebrog with a visit to Aarhus as part of the birthday celebrations. 

In connection with the announcement, the Court also released the logo of the celebrations and a new portrait of Queen Margrethe. The portrait was taken by photographer Per Morten Abrahamsen, and the logo was designed by graphic designers Søren Varming and Henrik Kubel in collaboration with Wonderful Copenhagen.