The Queen’s distant cousin, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, has led the foreign royal family to pay tribute to Her Majesty on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee.
Margrethe, 82, who is celebrating her golden anniversary this year, posted on Instagram praising the Queen’s “service and unwavering dedication” during her 70-year reign.
Affectionately referred to as ‘Aunt Daisy’ by the European royal family due to her close personal ties to many reigning monarchs, the Danish Queen recently attended the Duke of Edinburgh’s Thanksgiving service and hosted the Duchess of Cambridge on a solo visit to Copenhagen.
Royal get well wishes! The Queen’s distant cousin, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, has led the foreign royal family to pay tribute to Her Majesty on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee
Heartwarming: Margrethe, 82, who is celebrating her golden anniversary this year, posted on Instagram praising the Queen’s “service and unwavering dedication” during her 70-year reign
The message reads: ‘Please accept my heartfelt congratulations on your platinum anniversary, marking 70 years of government, service and unwavering dedication to the people of the UK, the wealthy and the Commonwealth.
“This unprecedented and remarkable achievement is indeed historic. It underlines the importance of the monarchy as a strong symbol of national identity and historical continuity in a rapidly changing modern world, where many of our citizens struggle to keep up with the pace and risk losing their peace of mind and sense of belonging. losses.
“Throughout the years, Your Majesty has been an unshakable presence and a pillar of strength, encouraging and inspiring no matter the circumstances.”
Queen Margrethe II has a close personal relationship with the Queen and was related to the Duke of Edinburgh through King Christian IX of Denmark.
King Christian IX – dubbed the ‘father-in-law of Europe’ because of his far-reaching posterity – was Queen Margrethe’s great-great-grandfather and great-grandfather to the Duke of Edinburgh.
The Danish Queen is also related to Queen Elizabeth through Queen Victoria.
Close ties: Queen Margrethe traveled to the UK on March 29 to attend Prince Philip’s Thanksgiving service at Westminster Abbey
Royal welcome: Margrethe was joined by her daughter-in-law Crown Princess Mary in February when welcoming the Duchess of Cambridge to Copenhagen
In April, the Queen marked Queen Margrethe’s golden jubilee with a throwback photo on Instagram.
The photo shows the two queens with the late Duke of Edinburgh and the late Prince Henrik of Denmark, during a royal visit to Copenhagen in 1979.
Margrethe lost her husband Henrik in 2018.
Margrethe ascended the throne after the death of her father Frederick IX of Denmark on January 14, 1972. This year marks the 50th of her reign.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reunite in London today with Prince William, Kate, Prince Charles and Camilla for their first official joint engagement in two years at Trooping the Colour.
In what will be a poignant – and very public – family reunion for a viewing audience of millions, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are also expected to bring three-year-old Archie and Lilibet, nearly one, with them.
Treasured memories: The Queen, second left, traveled with the late Duke of Edinburgh on the right to Copenhagen in 1979, where they stayed with Queen Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik
Close personal connection: The Queen and the Danish monarch, left, at Windsor Castle during a state visit in February 2000
The kids will probably finally meet their cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Lilibet has never been introduced to her royal relatives, while Archie hasn’t been to the UK since he was six months old.
But there is no invitation to the shamed Duke of York, even in a personal capacity, to show how far the Queen’s son has fallen from grace. The Queen’s Birthday Parade at Horse Guards in London is the first official Platinum Jubilee event of the holiday weekend and it is the most attended by the Windsors.
Many had thought that Her Majesty’s appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the traditional post-parade flyby would be the most highly anticipated moment of the day. In fact, though, all eyes will likely be on the family reunion taking place 50 yards away.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been invited by the Queen to watch the spectacular military event with family members from the Major General’s office overlooking the Whitehall parade ground. The room – once used by the Duke of Wellington – extends over the entrance to Horse Guards. It is the place where dignitaries traditionally watch when not involved in the parade.
The Queen has thanked the nation on the eve of her historic platinum anniversary and says she is still inspired by the goodwill shown to her – while an official portrait of Her Majesty has also been unveiled to mark the start of the celebrations. to mark
The group does not include the Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge or the Princess Royal. Her Majesty remains at Buckingham Palace, where she will deliver the returning cavalry salute from the balcony there.
Charles will deliver the salute while commanding the Color of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards and inspecting the Household Division troops on behalf of the monarch. He will be accompanied by his eldest son and sister, with all three on horseback.
The Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and many other royals will travel from the palace to Horse Guards Parade in carriages. They will then disembark and watch the rest of the event from the Major General’s office next to Harry and Meghan, who will arrive by car.
All the Queen’s grandchildren and their husbands will also be present at the great royal feast. In addition to the Sussexes, there are Princess Beatrice and her husband Edo, Princess Eugenie and her husband’s children Jack and Anne, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, and their families.
Royal fans sing the national anthem as they gather this morning along the Mall leading to Buckingham Palace in London
Royal fans share a laugh as they gather this morning along The Mall leading to London’s Buckingham Palace
Meghan will not have seen any of the family since she and her husband bitterly quit as working royals and moved to North America in early 2020, while the Prince only saw them very briefly at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral last year.
The last public occasion the Sussexes attended together in the UK was the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in March 2020, when the atmosphere couldn’t have been more awkward. William and Kate virtually ignored Harry and Meghan that day, forcing Prince Edward and Sophie to try to keep the peace.
Fortunately, William, who has been most affected by his brother’s actions and has struggled to hide his pain, will not be forced to greet the couple in public. And Kate proved to be an admirable peacemaker when she made a point of breaking the ice and talking to Harry after the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.
Harry and Meghan stay with their children at their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage. They were always expected to join the congregation tomorrow for the Thanksgiving Service for the Queen’s 70th Reign at St Paul’s Cathedral, but their participation in Trooping is seen as an extra olive branch from Her Majesty.