Queen Margrethe Of Denmark, Queen Margrethe II: “I felt I should dedicate my life to my nation”
“She’s hopelessly old-fashioned and very Danish.” The verdict of a local tabloid this week on Queen Margrethe II was not meant unkindly.
She is a symbol of what we love about being Danish, the paper said.
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.