HELSINKI (AP) — Scaled-down celebrations took place in Denmark on Sunday marking 50 years on the throne of Queen Margrethe, whose reign is now the longest in Europe following the death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.
Toned down celebrations were ordered on Friday by 82-year-old Margrethe – now also the world’s only female monarch – out of respect for Britain’s late Queen, who died on Thursday at 96.
Margrethe asked her court to adjust Saturday and Sunday’s anniversary program at short notice, canceling – among other things – her appearance on the balcony of Amalienborg Palace to greet a crowd of well-wishers as well as a ride on horseback in the Danish capital of Copenhagen. – carriage pulled.
Sunday’s events included a church service and lunch hosted by Margrethe aboard the Danish royal ship Dannebrog for the royal couples and the presidents of the other Nordic countries of Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
A music and theater gala in honor of the Danish monarch took place on Saturday evening and a gala dinner at Christiansborg Palace, seat of the Danish Parliament, took place on Sunday evening.
Margrethe was proclaimed queen on January 1. On November 15, 1972, a day after her father, King Frederik IX, died after a short illness.
The Danish Queen’s 50th birthday jubilee was originally scheduled for January, but most events have been canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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