September 10 was supposed to be a day of festivities and high-profile public appearances in Denmark, but the schedule has been changed due to the passing of Queen Elizabet II of the UK. In the evening, many members of the Danish royal family attended the show which was held at the Royal Theater in honor of Queen Margrethe II’s Golden Jubilee. The queen was delighted to find her loved ones during this evening of entertainment as she appreciates them so much. The Greek royal family was also present in large numbers, as well as the Nordic heads of state.
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Queen Margrethe II surrounded by her family for the show organized in her honor at the Royal Theater
Queen Margrethe II was to be honored this Saturday September 10 and Sunday September 11 to celebrate her 50 years of reign. Many public festivities were on the program, such as horse-drawn carriage parades, balcony appearances and a gala lunch at Copenhagen City Hall. This Thursday, September 8, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom died and Queen Margrethe II wanted to lighten her program out of respect for her cousin.
The evening gala, organized at the Royal Theater was not deprogrammed, in particular because it was the subject of a live broadcast on television. Sunday, the events also remain on the program. It is a mass, which will be adapted due to the period of mourning, a reception on board the royal ship and a grand gala dinner in the evening, in the presence of foreign royalty.
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This Saturday, the death of Elizabeth II was forgotten for a few hours, the time to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Margrethe II with a cultural program at the Royal Theater. Queen Margrethe II has reunited with her two sons, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim, who were accompanied by their wives and some of their children.
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary had their eldest children with them, Prince Christian and Princess Isabella. Prince Joachim and Princess Marie were also accompanied by Joachim’s eldest sons, Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix.
Queen Margrethe II was also reunited with her faithful younger sister, Princess Benedikte, who was accompanied by her two daughters, Princesses Alexandra and Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. Alexandra’s husband, Count Michael Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille was also present. Count Ingolf de Rosenberg, cousin of the Queen, was seen with his wife, Countess Susie.
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The Greek royal family had made the trip to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee
The big surprise came mainly from the side of the Greek royal family. Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, sister of Margrethe II and Benedikte, made the trip with her children. Only his son Nikolaos was not present, nor his wife. At the same time, Nikolaos inaugurated his exhibition of photographs at the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago. Four of the five children of Queen Anne-Marie and King Constantine II attended the performance at the Royal Theater.
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Crown Prince Paul and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal had made the trip, as well as Princess Alexia and her husband, Carlos Morales Quintana, Princess Theodora and her fiancé, Matthew Kumar, and Prince Philippos, and his wife, Princess Nina.
The Greek royal family is doubly linked to the Danish royal family. Prior to the marriage of King Constantine II to Anne-Marie of Denmark, daughter of King Frederick IX, in 1964, the Greek royal family had strong ties to Denmark. The first King of the Hellenes was Prince William of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, son of King Christian IX of Denmark. He took the reign name of George 1st of Greece. His descendants have kept this double membership and bear the title of princes of Greece as well as that of princes of Denmark. Even today, members of the Royal Family of Greece are still Princes of Denmark, a title fully recognized in Denmark, although the monarchy is abolished in Greece.
All Nordic Heads of State also attended the show. There were King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and his wife, and Icelandic President Guðni Th. Johannesson and his wife.
All these beautiful people, who also included the highest political representatives of Denmark, attended many performances of dance, song and theater. The royal box of the theater was inaugurated by the queen after renovation. At the start of the show, a minute of silence was observed in memory of Queen Elizabeth II.