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Denmark’s current queen, Queen Margrethe II, was born on April 16, 1940, as Margrethe Alexandrine Þórhildur Ingrid. She has ruled the country since January 14, 1972. Her life is an intriguing tapestry made of her creative abilities, royal responsibilities, and unshakable loyalty to her country.
Early Life and Education
Margrethe was born to King Frederick IX of Denmark and Queen Ingrid, neé Princess Ingrid of Sweden. Raised in the royal splendor of Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, she received a comprehensive education, mastering several languages and displaying a keen interest in the arts from a young age.
Following her educational path, Margrethe studied at North Foreland Lodge in Hampshire, England, and then at the University of Copenhagen, where she focused on political science, constitutional law, and prehistoric archaeology.
Ascension to the Throne
Queen Margrethe II succeeded her father, King Frederick IX, to the Danish throne on January 14, 1972. As the first female Danish ruler since Queen Margrethe I in the fourteenth century, her reign ushered in a new era for the Danish monarchy.
Despite being a constitutional monarchy, Queen Margrethe II is very important in ceremonial and symbolic roles in Denmark. Her responsibilities include formally appointing the prime minister, kicking off Danish Parliament sessions (Folketing), and speaking on behalf of Denmark both domestically and internationally. Queen Margrethe II has served as a uniting force and a symbol of continuity and tradition for the Danish people, despite the position’s mostly symbolic character.
Not only is Queen Margrethe II a monarch, but she is also an exceptionally talented artist. She has drawn many novels under the pen name “Ingahild Grathmer,” including Danish translations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” Her creative side is seldom seen in modern monarchs, as evidenced by her ability to design sets and costumes for ballets and theater plays.
In 1967, Queen Margrethe II married Henri de Laborde de Monpezat, a French diplomat who became Prince Henrik. Together, they had two sons, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim. The Queen and Prince Henrik were married until his passing in 2018.
How old is Queen Margrethe?
Queen Margrethe was born on April 16, 1940. As of 2024, she is 84 years old.
Queen Margrethe Height
Queen Margrethe stands at a height of 5ft, 10 inches (182 cm).
Queen Margrethe’s Net Worth
Queen Margrethe has an estimated net worth of about $40 million.