Royal wedding of Queen Margrethe II in 1967
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Queen Margrethe II will celebrate her Golden Jubilee alongside senior members of the Royal Family by hosting an event at the Folketing, the Danish Parliament. She will also pay tribute to her parents, King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid, by laying a wreath at their graves. And she is expected to pay a touching tribute to her late husband Prince Henrik of Denmark, who died in 2018.
Then-Princess Margrethe met her future husband at a dinner party in London when the royal was studying in the UK.
The pair nearly did not meet Prince Henrik, then Henri de Laborde de Monpezat, nearly skipped the dinner after learning of Margrethe’s presence.
Despite the diplomat’s early uncertainty about the royal, they soon hit it off and became engaged, with the couple looking all loved up in footage from their wedding day.
Margrethe stunned Copenhagen crowds with a simple yet majestic Jørgen Bender gown, embellished by a family heirloom passed down from her mother, Queen Ingrid.
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The daisy brooch, a staple in the Danish Queen’s wardrobe, was commissioned by her maternal grandfather to mark her parent’s wedding and was made up of diamonds belonging to her grandmother, Princess Margaret of Connaught.
In the footage, the couple can be seen greeting the crowds outside of Holmen Church as they left the service to head to the reception at Fredensborg Palace, one of the Danish Royal Family’s most used residences outside of Copenhagen.
Queen Margrethe can count on blood connections to most European royal families.
As the great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria II through her grandmother, she is a third cousin to Queen Elizabeth II.
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The Queen did not attend the nuptials in 1967 but deployed one of then-most trusted working royal, Princess Marina, the Duchess of Kent, to attend in her stead.
The Danish queen is also more directly related to the last Queen of Greece, her sister Anne-Marie, who however was unable to be at the wedding service as her husband, King Constantine, struggled to keep his country under control.
Margrethe and Henri welcomed their first child, a boy, in May 1968.
According to Danish tradition, first-born sons are traditionally named either Frederik or Christian and, due to her father being Frederik IX, she assumed the role of a Christian and named her first son after his grandfather.
A second boy, Joachim, Count of Monpezat, was born the following year.
Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik stayed married for over 50 years, until his death in 2018.
Her Golden Jubilee on January 14 will mark the first such event without Prince Henrik by her side.
Crown Prince Frederik, his wife Crown Princess Mary, and their four children – Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Princess Josephine, and Prince Vincent – will be with her at a series of scaled-back events on the day.
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