Historical day: Touching celebration of the Queen’s government anniversary

The buzz of history blew ice cold over the square in front of Roskilde Cathedral on Friday afternoon, when the entire royal family arrived in procession.

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But there was a lot of warmth from the hundreds of Danes present to their queen over the last 50 years. And even though it was freezing cold, the sun was shining from a cloudless sky.

The Queen’s government anniversary was marked in Roskilde when the Queen, the Crown Prince Couple, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie and Princess Benedict arrived at the cathedral to lay a wreath at King Frederik and Queen Ingrid’s grave.

A yellow, a pink, a blue and two green wreaths were laid at the burial site.


Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie and Princess Benedict leave Roskilde Cathedral and are followed by Bishop Peter Fischer-Møller, Provost Anne-Sophie Olander Christiansen and Bishop Henrik Wigh-Poulsen.

Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie and Princess Benedict leave Roskilde Cathedral and are followed by Bishop Peter Fischer-Møller, Provost Anne-Sophie Olander Christiansen and Bishop Henrik Wigh-Poulsen.
Photo: Martin Sylvest

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Only King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid are buried in front of the cathedral, and Queen Margrethe entered followed by the Crown Prince, the Crown Princess and Prince Joachim, Princess Marie and Princess Benedict.

The entire royal family stayed inside at the burial site before coming out again and then entering the Cathedral itself. But they stayed in there for just 10 minutes before leaving the church again.

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Thereafter, the rest of Queen’s Day was celebrated privately.

From the early hours of the morning, the Queen was celebrated as Minister of State with the Crown Prince, after which the entire royal family entered Christiansborg. Here the Queen was celebrated by the party leaders in the Landsting Hall. Here, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen gave a speech in which she spoke about her close relationship with the regent.


Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and Princess Benedict leave Frederik IX's grave after wreath-laying.

Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and Princess Benedict leave Frederik IX’s grave after wreath-laying.
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When the royal family left Christiansborg, both Prince Joachim and Princess Marie also linked a few words to their mother and mother-in-law’s anniversary:

“It’s a beautiful day, 50 years is a long time,” said Prince Joachim.

“It’s a very touching day. We are very happy to be together today, “said Princess Marie.

The celebration of Queen Margrethe’s 50th anniversary, however, turned out to be somewhat different from what had been planned.

It was intended that the Queen should be celebrated according to all the rules of art, but that put an end to the corona pandemic. The Royal House announced in December 2021 that a number of events had been postponed to the late summer of 2022.

The other day it emerged that the anniversary will be on 10 and 11 September, where the entire otherwise planned celebration will be rolled out. There will be a change of guard at Amalienborg Castle Square, where the royal family shows up, lunch at Copenhagen City Hall, a gala performance on the Old Stage in the Royal Theater, a festive service in Our Lady’s Church and a large gala table at Christiansborg Castle.

Queen Margrethe has been very unlucky with celebrations during the corona pandemic. In April 2020, she turned 80 and everything was canceled. Instead, the Queen was celebrated digitally by the Danes. But most then reckoned that the government anniversary could be settled this year. But when the corona variant omikron washed over Denmark’s borders in December, it was clear that the Royal House had to postpone this celebration as well.

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