The Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II, will be celebrating forty years on the Danish throne on Saturday Jan 14. The celebration festivities will last three days, starting Friday.
The Queen came to the throne in 1972 at the age of 31, following the death of her father King Frederik IX, becoming the first woman to head the oldest monarchy in Europe, according to a report by France24. The queen can trace her family roots back to the tenth century Viking kings. She is married to a Frenchman, who became Prince Consort Henrik on their wedding day and they have two sons, and seven grandchildren.
Amongst the events planned will be a gala concert, a sermon at the Christiansborg Palace chapel and a gala dinner. The Royal family will process through the streets of Copenhagen by horse drawn carriage and are expected to be greeted with enthusiasm by the Danish people as the Royal family are very popular in Denmark. Museums and palaces in Copenhagen will hold exhibitions in celebration of her life.
The Danish Queen, known for her quirkiness, is also very popular across Europe. She speaks several languages, is a talented artist and is known to be a very heavy smoker. According to an article in the Daily Telegraph"At 71, the queen, with sparkling pale blue eyes, remains slender and still likes to show off her figure in flashy coloured dress suits accompanied by eccentric hats."
She was asked on Tuesday Jan 3 what she thought of new technologies, in particular mobile phones, by a Norwegian reporter. Her answer? That she has no need of one and finds it "very peaceful" to be offline.
A recent Danish poll, however shows that while the Queen remains very popular, many Danes feel she should allow her son, Crown Prince Frederik to take the throne in the next ten years. According to the Daily Telegraph article, her response was, "I will remain on the throne until I fall off it."