The confessions of Margrethe of Denmark, who celebrates 50 years on the throne

The confessions of Margrethe of Denmark, who celebrates 50 years on the throne

The Queen Margrethe of Denmark, 81, celebrates fifty years on the throne. The coronation took place on January 14, 1972 after the death of his father, King Frederick IX. The princess then became the first ruler of the Danish monarchy from the time of Margaret I, who also reigned in Sweden and Norway in the 14th century. Margrethe for her Jubilee he had big celebrations planned that would have involved his family, citizens and representatives of royal houses from all over Europe. The spread of the Omicron variant has blown the celebrations but the royal house Kongehuset honored the important date by posting a series of portraits of the monarch, made over the years: from the day of the coronation to the new photo taken on the occasion of the Jubilee.

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In addition, on the occasion of the Jubilee, the queen landed on TV. Protagonist of a documentary in various episodes in which he tells his more private side. Also retracing the beginnings of love with her husband, the French diplomat Henri De Laborde de Mompezat, died in 2018, with whom he had two children: Frederick, the heir to the throne who made his subjects dream with the love story with the Australian Mary Donaldson, met in Sydney during the 2000 Olympics, and Joachim, that after the divorce from Alexandra Christina Manley married the French Marie Cavallier.

Margrethe and Henri have been husband and wife, through ups and downs, for fifty-one years. They met at a party in London in 1965 (she was at the time pursuing a masters degree from the London School of Economics). And it was love at first sight: “It was as if the sky was about to explode,” Marghrete admitted some time ago. In the new documentary, entitled A queen’s life, Margrethe revealed that at first they lived a secret love. At the time he lived in London, she in her country. So they couldn’t see each other as much as they wanted. So long as at the Palazzo all phone calls first went through a switchboard, to avoid being heard by the employees of the Royal House they decided to keep in touch for letter. All time in secret the two became engaged then on the Rosenfeldt estate, in Vordingborg, about 90 kilometers south of Copenhagen.

But first, Margrethe had wanted her parents’ approval. With great frankness, the sovereign admitted that if father Federico and mother Ingrid had rejected the candidate, “then I should have said that it simply didn’t work, because I didn’t mean to give up the throne. My first duty has always been Denmark, and Henri knew it“. Margrethe, however, was sure in her heart that the rulers would be very pleased with the person she had chosen. And so it was. The June 10, 1967, the future queen and Henri went to a wedding in the church of Holmen, in Copenhagen.

Marriage started under the best auspices, except that the groom had not really understood and would never have accepted the “step back” rule imposed on males married to queens. The first discontent when they changed his name from Henri to the more “Danish” Henrik. When on January 15, 1972, after the death of her father, Margrethe was proclaimed queen, Henri he asked his wife to have his importance recognized with the title of king or king consort. She said no, granting her husband “only” the title of prince consort.

Henrik retaliated by confessing in public, over the years, depression for a role always in the background, always a step back, he who for love had given up everything, his language, the Catholic religion, even his name passed from Henri to Henrik. In recent years, however, the relationship between Margrethe and her husband seemed to have recomposed. And anyway, the family conflict has never skewed the queen’s popularity in the polls. Beloved for always having been independent, unconventional and full of passions. Like archeology, art, ballet and fashion, where with its eccentric and very lively style it continues to set a trend.