Queen and Danish monarch use ‘affectionate’ nicknames when they meet for lunch

Queen Margrethe praises the Queen's dedication in 2012

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The Danish sovereign opened up about her relationship with the British monarch in a rare interview. Queen Margrethe, 82, spoke about the similarities she shares with the Queen, 96, and how close they have grown to become over the past decades.

The Queen, Margrethe said, always invites her Danish counterpart for lunch whenever she travels to London and gets “on very well indeed” with her.

The pair’s bond is so strong they even use nicknames to call one another, the sovereign confirmed.

Asked whether she refers to Queen Elizabeth as “Lilibet” and if the Queen calls her “Daisy”, Margrethe gave an affirmative answer.

She told ITV: “Oh yes, that’s the way we have known each other always.

“That is what we call each other when we see and speak to one another.

“We are definitely affectionate, but I don’t want to splash it all over the place!”

Margrethe inherited the nickname Daisy from her grandmother Crown Princess Margareta of Sweden.

Similarly, the UK Queen was first called Lilibet by her grandmother King George V, and the moniker was later adopted by her husband Prince Philip.

When they have the chance to come together, the two sovereigns speak about very normal topics including “family, how things are going in this country and that country and what the children are up to”.

Elizabeth and Margaret’s bond is not just due to their friendship or the fact they currently are the only two reigning monarchs in the world, as they are distant cousins.

In fact, the Danish sovereign is descended from Queen Victoria, Elizabeth’s great-great-grandmother.

Moreover, the British Queen is also related to her Danish counterpart through King Christian IX of Denmark.

Both Margrethe and Elizabeth are celebrating a major milestone in their reign this year.

In January, the Danish queen marked the 50th anniversary of her accession to the throne.

While she marked the beginning of her Golden Jubilee by taking part in a few events, celebrations were postponed to the late summer after Denmark experienced a steep rise in Covid cases at the beginning of the year.

Elizabeth saw the beginning of her Platinum Jubilee on February 6, the day also marking the anniversary of the death of her father King George VI.

The Queen spent the day privately on her Sandringham estate after releasing a poignant statement in which she renewed her pledge to serve the country and Commonwealth for her whole life.

A few initiatives marking the historic Jubilee have already taken place.

Last October, a tree-planting initiative was launched to create a green and lasting legacy in the name of the Queen.

Earlier this month, the Royal Windsor Horse Show – a beloved equestrian event the Queen has never missed over the past eight decades – held a spectacular show dedicated to the monarch and her love for horses called A Gallop Through History.

The Queen, who is experiencing episodic mobility issues, attended the event on its closing night.

But the main celebrations for the first Platinum Jubilee in British history will take place next week, during a four-day-long bank holiday weekend.

Among the events planned there is the traditional Trooping the Colour parade, the lighting of beacons and the Jubilee pageant.

Other events scheduled to take place between June 2 and 5 include street parties, the Epsom Derby and a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral.

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