Queen Margrethe of Denmark: 52 Years of Reign
Queen Margrethe of Denmark today officially marks an epochal milestone for the longevity of her reign, which has lasted a full fifty-two years, far from the seventy years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, who entered history as the monarch who occupied the throne of the United Kingdom for the longest time. The Danish Royal House officially confirmed the surpassing of King Christian IV’s record, who lived from 1577 to 1648, with a post on Instagram congratulating the 93-year-old sovereign, smiling and in shape on board the boat that serves as the official and private residence for the royal family when they are on a summer cruise in the domestic waters or on an official visit abroad – the Royal Yacht Dannebrog.
Queen Margrethe’s Accession to the Throne
Her Majesty the Queen assumed the throne from her father, Frederik IX, on January 14, 1972, and is therefore from the middle of this month the longest-reigning monarch in Danish history,” the post concluded. Queen Margrethe was the first woman to be given the opportunity to inherit the Danish throne after the Succession Act was amended to allow her to succeed her father. The Royal Succession Act was then amended again in 2009, when full equality in succession to the throne was introduced. Queen Margrethe married Prince Henrik in 1967, a union that lasted until his death in 2018 at the age of 83. The couple have two sons, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim.
Queen Margrethe’s Passion for Art and Archaeology
Her Majesty Queen Margrethe has a deep passion for art and archaeology, which she studied at the University of Cambridge in England. She is also a versatile artist: some of her works are exhibited at the National Gallery of Denmark and the Aarhus Art Museum and Køge Art Gallery Sketch Collection, and her illustrations of Tolkien’s bestseller The Lord of the Rings – sent to the writer anonymously, using the pseudonym Ingahild Grathmer – have been published in various editions of the saga. In 2020, Her Majesty the Queen turned 80, and children all over Denmark honored her on that occasion by drawing or painting her in a great collective artistic demonstration. Today the Danish monarchy enjoys wide public support, but it has not always been so, and probably partly the merit is also from the work done by the queen in these long years of reign.