In her New Year's Eve speech broadcast on TV on 31st 2023, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark announced her abdication on 14 January 2024 after her 52 year reign as Queen of Denmark. "I will leave the throne to my son Crown Prince Frederik," she announced.
On 14 Jan 1972, Princess Margrethe became Queen of Margrethe II Alf Denmark after the death of her father King Frederik IX.
After the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September 2022, Queen Margrethe, now 83 years old. is the world's only reigning queen and the longest-serving monarch in Europe. She is also the longest-sitting monarch in Denmark’s history.
The Queen is well known for her passion of archaeology and art.
After graduating in philosophy at Copenhagen University in 1960, Princess Margrethe studied archaeology at the University of Cambridge, England in 1960-1961 and earned a Diploma in Prehistoric Archaeology. Since then, she has participated in multiple excavations at home and abroad.
The Queen was also well known for her love of the arts, and she is a versatile artist in her own sake: costume designs, scenography, illustrations, church textiles, découpage works, embroidery, and paintings. And she is an accomplished artist in scenography and costume design.
She has been part of the artistic team behind a ballet performance at Tivoli more than 8 times. In 2021, The Queen designed costumes and scenography for the Snow Queen in Tivoli.
Perhaps due to her love of costume design, Queen Margrethe has a tendency of bold colors and daring designs in her own outfits, to such an extent that her style can be better described as brave rather than elegant. But through out her life, both as a princess and after she became the queen, she did show her inner elegance once in a while. And when she did, she shined with her regally tall figure.
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