This is how the Queen should be celebrated

It is a very special year that the Queen is facing.

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This is the year in which she marks that she has been Denmark’s head of state for a full 50 years. The queen was proclaimed regent on a cold January day in 1972, after King Frederik’s death. Since then, she has been Denmark’s national mother. Year after year, generations have followed the life of the royal family. Almost all Danes gather on television when she gives her New Year’s speech every year.

Although the corona has put a temporary stop to the celebration of Queen Margrethe’s government anniversary in January, there is plenty to look forward to in 2022 for the Queen and the Danes.

The actual celebration on 14 January will be marked in the Folketing with the participation of the Crown Prince Couple, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie. In addition, an attempt will be made to carry out a Council of State and a wreath-laying ceremony at King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid’s grave at Roskilde Cathedral.


The Queen during her first New Year's speech in 1972.

The Queen during her first New Year’s speech in 1972.
Photo: STEEN JACOBSEN

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But the rest of the spectacular program will not be completed until late summer – where you have gradually learned that the infection rates will be low.

Thus, a folk festival is planned for the Queen when the summer is over:

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Change of guard at Amalienborg Castle Square, where the royal family shows up, lunch at Copenhagen City Hall, gala performance on the Old Stage in the Royal Theater, festive service in Our Lady’s Church and a large gala dinner at Christiansborg Castle are among the things the Queen and Danes can look forward to .

It will probably be one of the biggest celebrations we have seen in the last 50 years in the Royal House.

The second biggest celebration of the year in the Royal House comes in February, when Crown Princess Mary turns 50.

In addition to the two major events, there are probably many other exciting tasks ahead. In 2021, we saw a perfectly well-dressed queen pull on her work clothes as soon as the corona restrictions were lifted. It will probably repeat itself when spring catches up and the infection has subsided.


Queen Ingrid with her daughters and sons-in-law in procession after King Frederik back in 1972.

Queen Ingrid with her daughters and sons-in-law in procession after King Frederik back in 1972.
Foto: Waclaw Charewicz

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At BT, we are of course also ready to celebrate the Queen – all year round. You can always follow the newspaper and bt.dk, where we will be present during all the festivities.

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