Queen Margrethe in interview with BT: ‘I will stay seated as long as I live’

The 50 years that Queen Margrethe has ruled in Denmark have rolled away with such haste that it can be difficult for Her Majesty herself to grasp it.

For five decades, it is the whole rather than individual highs or lows that are central to Queen Margrethe.

“The opportunity to serve my country I have always seen as the most important thing. I have tried to do that as well as possible throughout the years. “

»The feeling that you can do something for your country. Be something for his country. And then even get thanked for it. It can not be better, “says the Queen.


BT's editor-in-chief, Jonas Kuld Rathje, interviews HM the Queen at Amalienborg on the occasion of her 50th government anniversary on Friday 14 January 2022.

BT’s editor-in-chief, Jonas Kuld Rathje, interviews HM the Queen at Amalienborg on the occasion of her 50th government anniversary on Friday 14 January 2022.
Photo: Bax Lindhardt

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BT has been interviewed by the Queen on the occasion of the 50th anniversary as regent.

After being led through both the green and the yellow salon in Christian IX’s Palace at Amalienborg, we are put in the Red Salon, which is partly used for semi- and fully official occasions, but which also serves as the ‘private’ for the Queen , what the decor also gives the impression of.

From walls and frames, both the Queen and Prince Henrik look forward from pictures.

In addition to the joy of meaning in the task itself, the greatest star moments and sorrows in time are strongly linked to family relationships:


BT's editor-in-chief, Jonas Kuld Rathje, interviews HM the Queen at Amalienborg on the occasion of her 50th government anniversary on Friday 14 January 2022.

BT’s editor-in-chief, Jonas Kuld Rathje, interviews HM the Queen at Amalienborg on the occasion of her 50th government anniversary on Friday 14 January 2022.
Photo: Bax Lindhardt

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“The fact that my husband got sick and died was a big upheaval for me. It was also a great sorrow to lose my father, but that is part of the whole story. It was also a great sorrow when my mother died, but she had turned 90 and had been able to keep up with everything except maybe the last weeks of her life. I have been fortunate to have had a mother who was truly there and who meant so much to me. And which also meant an immense amount to her grandchildren, “says the Queen.

When Prince Henrik passed away, life changed for the Queen, but perhaps to a lesser extent for her than for others who experience the same thing.

“Suddenly you do most things alone and by yourself. But it has been a joy for me to have my deed – this job that I expect to stay in for as long as I live. I see in many friends who are left alone that life becomes very different. I do not think my own has become similarly different because I still have everything I need. It is something that both stiffens one and encourages one that one has something to stand up for all the time, “says the Queen.

When that day comes, Queen Margrethe feels convinced that the Crown Prince will be ready to take over.


BT's editor-in-chief, Jonas Kuld Rathje, interviews HM the Queen at Amalienborg on the occasion of her 50th government anniversary on Friday 14 January 2022.

BT’s editor-in-chief, Jonas Kuld Rathje, interviews HM the Queen at Amalienborg on the occasion of her 50th government anniversary on Friday 14 January 2022.
Photo: Bax Lindhardt

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“When it comes to his turn to take on the task, I think he’s going to do it quite brilliantly. He’s going to do it differently than I do, for sure, but that’s how it should be when generation follows generation and when a man follows a woman, ‘says the Queen.

It is not her plan to present a special recipe to the Crown Prince that he can follow when he one day becomes king.

“I hope I can do the same to the Crown Prince as my father did to me. To let it come just as quietly. No recipes. Nothing with remember points 1, 2, 3 with the sub-points a, b, c. It’s not me, «says the Queen and continues:

“You have to trust your family, and for my own part, I think they are extremely trustworthy.”

She is convinced that the Crown Prince can avoid being compared to the Queen in his deed, simply because he has a different gender.

“Precisely because I was a woman taking over after a man, I knew that a lot would come to work differently and therefore not be measured directly against my father’s way of doing things. It was a huge help and I hope it will be just like that for Frederik. He becomes a man who follows a woman, so many of the differences are written off on that relationship alone, “says the Queen.

“The Crown Prince has a great way of resting in himself and socializing and talking to all kinds of people. He has a very good sense of young people, and then he has an excellent wife who will support him very well. I have no doubt about that. “

However, the Queen will not guess what concrete differences one will be able to notice when Denmark changes regent one day.

“Wait and see,” is the call to the curious.

Family life has also given the Queen great joys and direct input to the role of regent:

“When you are a family with two boys who grow up and become big young men – well eventually mature men, even though I see them as young men because they are younger than me – it also helps that you do not sit so isolated. This has meant that I have continued to meet people who are younger than myself, “says the Queen, before she dryly remarks that this is of course more and more often the case quite automatically:

“In any case, it happens more and more the older you get. Eventually, everyone is younger! “

In an interview from 2020, the Queen stated, “I do not think there are ten years ahead of me.” But how does she view that matter now?

“I still think it’s something of that magnitude, I must say. It will turn out. So far, so good. “

“I have seen my sons get married. I’ve become a grandmother. I’ve lost my husband, but we had some amazing years together. It meant something. There is something to eat. “

However, this does not mean that there are still no big days to look forward to:

“It is my hope to continue to see my family grow. It’s wonderful to follow my grandchildren. I hope to see Prince Christian turn 18, “says the Queen.

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