Denmark: attempting a balancing act: celebrating the throne anniversary without celebrating


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Attempting a balancing act: celebrating the throne anniversary without celebrating

After the death of the Queen, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark adapted the planned large celebration program to the situation.  Photo: Sv

After the death of the Queen, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark adapted the planned large celebration program to the situation. photo

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Queen Margrethe originally wanted to celebrate her 50th anniversary on the throne in January, which was not possible due to the corona. There should be a big party this weekend. Then came the sad news from England.

The big folk festival is cancelled: In Denmark This weekend, Queen Margrethe (82) is trying to balance the celebration of her 50th jubilee with the due restraint due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

To pay tribute to the now longest-serving monarch, the Danish royal family published on Saturday Instagram a video showing moments from Margrethe's 50 years as head of state. The sad-looking word "aflyst" - canceled - appeared several times in the court's calendar in capital letters.

Celebrate while others mourn: Margrethe had that after Death the Queen considered an absurdity and had the rescheduled celebrations for her milestone significantly adjusted. An appearance on the balcony of her Amalienborg Palace and a carriage ride through Copenhagen, for which thousands of onlookers were expected, were canceled at short notice on Friday.

Last-minute changes to the planned program

Probably the only way to see Margrethe on Saturday is to arrive at a gala event in the Royal Theater in the evening. In addition to Margrethe, many prominent guests are expected there.

A church service, a reception for the Nordic heads of state on Margrethe's ship "Dannebrog" and a gala dinner at Christiansborg Palace, the seat of the Danish Parliament, are planned for Sunday. Much of this is to be held in an adapted form after the Queen's death.

Margrethe has been Queen of Denmark since January 14, 1972. Since the Queen's death, she has been the world's longest reigning monarch. Due to the pandemic, she had postponed the celebrations for her 50th anniversary, originally planned for January, to late summer so that as many people as possible could have celebrated with her.

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