DAISY’s JUBILEE: Danish Queen Margrethe II Marks 40 Years On Throne


DAISY’s JUBILEE: Danish Queen Margrethe II Marks 40 Years On Throne
by Darius Kadivar

Danish Queen Margrethe II celebrates 40 years on the throne Saturday, marking the decades-long transformation of a shy artist and heavy smoker to become Europe's most popular monarch.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark BBC Interview - January 2012 :

On the eve of The Queen's 40th year ofreign, the BBC aired this short interview in which Margrethe says Queen Elizabeth II is an inspiration to her.

The queen is known affectionately as Daisy. Now 71, she is an accomplished artist and a heavy smoker. She does not use a mobile phone or the internet declaring herself "very happy" without them. Queen Margrethe remains very popular amongst Danes But as the queen prepares to celebrate 40 years on the throne on Saturday, she has told the BBC that she is more convinced than ever that hereditary monarchy has a role to play in modern society. We represent a very long story, and that's the story of our own country, "she said. Opinion polls suggest strong support in Denmark for Europe's oldest continuous monarchy, and the Queen has made it clear that she has no intention of stepping down to allow her son, Crown Prince Frederik, to succeed her.
"You are handed your job as the old king or queen dies," she said.
"It is not a life sentence, but a life of service."
In an interview in the Great Hall of the Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen,Queen Margrethe also spoke of her lasting admiration for Queen Elizabeth, who celebrates 60 years on the British throne in a few months' time.
(See Related BBC News)

CNN's Max Foster talked with Denmark's Queen Margrethe II ahead of her celebrating her 40th year on the throne :

Watch CNN Interview Here






40 Years On the throne (1972-2012)



40 years of the Queen - Official Portraits Queen Margrethe II of Denmark :




Ceremonies,Diplomatic Corps, etc



Danish Royal Family at the opening of the exhibition 'Regent for 40 years-Queen Margrethe' (2012) :

11 January 2012/ Queen Margrethe, Prince Consort Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and Prince Christian at the opening of the exhibition 'Regent for 40 years- QUEEN MARGRETHE II 1972-2012' at the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle. (New painting by Niels Stroebaek)

Danish Royal Family at New Year's Court for Diplomatic Corps (2012):

3 January 2012 /Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik and Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary participate in New Year's Court for the Diplomatic Corps at Christiansborg Palace.

Queen of Denmark on the Muslim Cartoon Controversy (France 24):

The Queen of Denmark Margrethe II and her French husband Prince Henrik have been coming here for decades. Denmark is famous for its openness and the press is invited along to meet them

Danish Royal Family at the parliament for the Queen's 40th Jubilee as Reign(2012) :

10 January 2012/ Denmark's Queen Margrethe , Prince Consort Henrik , Crown Prince Frederik,Crown Princess Mary and Prince Joachim attend a ceremony marking 40 years ofthe Queen's reign as the country's monarch at Danish parliament 







Quaint and quirky Danish queen marks 40 years on throne By Elise Grandjean (AFP) –


COPENHAGEN— Danish Queen Margrethe II celebrates 40 years on the throne Saturday, marking the decades-long transformation of a shy artist and heavy smoker to become Europe's most popular monarch.

Festivities are scheduled to stretch from Friday to Sunday to mark her accession to the throne on January 14, 1972, when, grief stricken by the death of her father, the 31-year-old lanky crown princess became the first woman to take the helm of Europe's oldest monarchy.

The eldest of King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid's three daughters, Margrethe was atthe time already married to Frenchman Henri de Laborde de Monpezat, who became the Prince Consort Henrik.

Their two sons, Frederik and Joachim, were then four and three years old.

Forty years on, the queen's hair, always impeccably coiffed in a bun, has turnedwhite as snow, giving her the look of the perfect grandmother for her seven grandchildren.

And while her compulsive smoking has yellowed her teeth, Danes do not hold that vice against her, often saying tenderly of other heavy smokers that they "smoke like Queen Margrethe."

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.

Known affectionately as "Daisy," the queen is widely popular, with a poll last month showing that nearly eight out of 10 Danes are in favour of their monarchy.

That makes the Scandinavian country's royal court "the most popular in Europe," said Lars Hovbakke Soerensen, a historian at the University of Copenhagen who has studied the role of the monarchy in modern society.

Margrethe II has, without rushing or forcing things, been able to "modernise an ageing monarchy and adapt it to the evolving society," he enthused.

She has seen her popularity soar since the beginning of the 1980s as she began establishing herself as a talented artist.

A multilingual intellectual, she has also taken part in several elaborate translation projects, including the 1981 Danish version of Simone de Beauvoir's "All Men are Mortal," which she translated under a pseudonym in cooperation with her husband.

The queen has also designed the costumes and scenery for numerous plays andtelevision series in Denmark.

But it is especially in the domain of drawing and painting that Margrethe II has distinguished herself, having illustrated many books, including the 2002 reissue of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings."

Her semi-abstract paintings have meanwhile become fixtures in museums and art galleries both in Denmark and abroad.

Her enthusiastic optimism and deep commitment to social issues have also boosted her support.

It has however also earned her criticism in a constitutional system where the monarch is stripped of political power and is expected to show reserve in expressing opinion.

One of her most controversial statements came in her 1984 New Year address, in which she called on Danes to be tolerant and to renounce their "stupid remarks" and their "coolness" towards immigrants.

But the queen, an expert in the art of suggestion, has always defended her right to go beyond her official royal duties.

"I can of course think what I want, just like everyone else. I simply have to refrain from saying everything I think. There are many others who should try that from time to time," she said in a 1988 interview.

While Margrethe II is popular, a majority of Danes think it will be time for her to pass the baton to Crown Prince Frederik within the next decade, according to a poll published at the beginning of the month.

But the queen is not so avant-garde that she is willing to consider stepping down: "I will remain on the throne until I fall off," she said recently.

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Good story anglophile jan

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Darius Jan  you should be awarded with the highest order of honour for your extensive contributions to Arts and Letters:  Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. I believe in it wholeheartedly. As for the lovely queen Margrethe and her visit to Iran when she was still a young Princess studying archeology at Girton College Cambridge, I have a very interesting story to tell and I am so pleased that thanks to your most timely blog I have found the chance to recount this wonderful anecdote which was passed down to me by a close relative who was en eye witness. In the early 1960's Princess Margrethe of Denmark paid an informal visit to Iran to see some of the architectural wonders of Yazd, Isfahan and Shiraz. The Shah had given the princess the royal plane to facilitate her tour of the ancient towns. When the royal plane arrived at Yazd a welcoming party consisting of a number of towns dignitaries and authorities had already lined up near airfield. Among them was one Mr Vaziri, the director of the library of thousands of precious old hand-written books attached to Jam'e mosque of Yazd. The welcoming party were to be introduced to the princess and as it was the protocol women had to do reverence and me had to shake hands with a little bow,  There was, was however, one problem. Mr Vaziri was a turbanned clergy! He could not shake hands with a "na-mahram female! To avoid disrespecting the princess Mr Vazir had come up with an ingeneous solution. He had wrapped his right hand in bandage, pretending he had injured himself hence excused from shaking hands. But as the beautiful princess stepped down the stairs and bgans shaking hands with the dignitaries, Mr Vazir who was bedazzled by her beauty, change his mind, quietly and without being noticed opened his bandage under his gown (abaa), and when the princess reached him a very delighted Mr Vaziri shook hands with the young and beautiful princess! The incident caused a wow among the observers and Vazir's defiant move was admired by all present.  The incedent was described in a poem by one of Yazd's leading poets, Mr Naaser:       ان وزیری که دست خود را بست  ندهد تا به اجنبی ها دست  لیک چون روی زیبایش دید  دست خود باز کرد و توبه شکست  Once again thanks for  the blog and all the best with your continued great work Darius jan. 

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Thanks anglophile Jan

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I haven't been able to find any photos or video footage in that relation either

But I am sure they should be archived somewhere.

The Only one I found however on Iran Danish diplomatic relations  during the Pahlavi Era was this:

DIPLOMATIC CORPS: Mehrangiz Dolatshahi First Woman Ambassador of Imperial Iran (1960)   

I do know however that Her Majesty was invited to the Royal Wedding of Denmark's Crown Prince in 2004:


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Darius jan thank you for this lovely blog

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Queen Margrethe is in my opinion the most beautiful, not to mention the most queen-like monarchs in Europe (of cource bar our own QEII). She visited Iran when she was a princess and a student of archeology but I can't find any links or photogrhps/video clips of that visit not even among the Danish web pages. Can you, using your fantastic search techniques shed any light on her visit to Iran. I wonder if the Shah ever visited Denmark? As a matter of coincidence I once lived in the same building as her French husband lived in London when he was a diplomat!  I can claim to have rubbed shoulders with the royalty LOL.


Thanks Mr. Kadivar, for the precious blog...

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