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Autoplay Denmark’s Queen Margrethe marked her 50 years on the throne of Europe’s oldest ruling monarchy Friday, with some of the planned festivities postponed for September due to the pandemic .

The outbreak, which also stopped public celebrations for the popular monarch’s 80th birthday in 2020, forced several guests to stay away from the two-day celebrations. They included Margrethe’s younger sister, former Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, whose husband has tested positive for COVID-19. The Greek monarchy was abolished in the 1970s.

Flanked by her other sister, Princess Benedikte, her two sons — including Crown Prince Frederik, the heir to the throne — and their spouses, Margrethe laid a wreath at the grave of her parents at the Roskilde cathedral, west of Copenhagen, where Danish royals have been buried since 1559. Denmark’s Queen Margrethe waves on arrival during the summer voyage to Esbjerg, Denmark, Aug. 31, 2021. Denmark’s popular monarch Queen Margrethe is marking 50 years on the throne with low-key events on Friday Jan. 14, 2022. She also met with the government and attended a reception at Parliament.

"You are a moral compass," Henrik Dam Kristensen, speaker of the Danish Parliament, said in an address. He noted that Margrethe is Denmark’s first queen since her namesake Queen Margrethe I, who ruled from 1375–1412.

While Friday’s part of the celebrations was maintained, jubilee events scheduled for Saturday have been postponed, including Margrethe being cheered by thousands from the balcony of the Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, a ride through the capital in a horse-drawn carriage, a gala performance at the Royal Theater and a festive banquet.

On Jan. 14, 1972, her father, King Frederik IX, died after a short illness. The following day, a red-eyed Margrethe, aged 31, stood on the balcony of the downtown Christiansborg Castle and was formally proclaimed queen before a crowd of thousands.Throughout her reign, the queen has crisscrossed the realm and made numerous visits abroad.Last year she traveled to Denmark’s self-governing territories of the Faeroe Islands and Greenland. She also went to Berlin for the centennial of the 1920 reunification with Denmark of the southern part of the Jutland peninsula, which had been under German rule.When she has a break from official duties, Margrethe — Europe’s second-longest reigning monarch after Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II — paints, sketches, illustrates books, creates church textiles and embroiders. She has also created costumes and sets for several ballets at the Tivoli gardens, Copenhagen’s downtown amusement park. Queen Margrethe of Denmark, second right, and her son Crown Prince Frederik, center, stand on the balcony at Amalienborg Castle in Copenhagen on May 26, 2018, to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Crown Prince. Born on April 16, 1940, a week after the start of Nazi Germany’s World War II occupation of Denmark, the infant princess became a symbol of hope to many Danes in the war years.It took a vote to make her queen, though. In 1953, the Danish Constitution was changed following a referendum in which more […]

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