Her Majesty Queen Margrethe of Denmark has received the North Jutland media anniversary award. The award was handed out to the Queen in connection with the 250 years anniversary of “the North Jutland Media” in a large-scale ceremony in the House of Music in the Danish city of Aalborg. More than 1,000 invited guests were present at the award ceremony and the following concert.
Along with the award the Queen received 250,000 Danish kroner, equivalent to approximately 24,000 pounds sterling or 29000 US dollars. When the Queen received the award she informed the audience that all the money would be donated to the Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik Fund. This fund provides financial support to cultural, scientific and social events.
Queen Margrethe received the award in recognition of the Queen’s long struggle to promote Danish history. The responsible editor in chief of the North Jutland Media, Per Lyngby, said that Queen Margrethe has made a major commitment to Danish history in her New Year’s speeches, in the books she has written and through interviews with the media for decades. This was a crucial consideration for the award-jury. Chief editor Lyngby also said that the Queen has worked tirelessly for the Danes to understand their own past, where the Danes came from, who they are and where they want to go in the future.
Lyngby said in his speech: “Your Majesty, when you came into the world you were immediately a bright spot for the whole of Denmark and the Danish people in the darkest time our country has ever experienced. Now that Your Majesty has ruled for 45 years you have been a gathering point for all Danes.”
When Lyngby said that the Queen lit up a dark time for the Danes, he was referring to the German occupation of Denmark. Denmark was annexed by Germany on 9 April 1940 and the future Queen Margrethe was born only a few days later on 16 April 1940. Queen Margrethe gave a brief speech in which she thanked for the award and the support she has had from the Danish people.