Following the passing of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II has cancelled some weekend celebrations to honour the 50th anniversary of her accession, the palace announced Friday.
The welcome and lunch at City Hall have been rescheduled. The Danish queen, Elizabeth’s third cousin, has cancelled a carriage procession through Copenhagen and an appearance on the palace balcony.
The royal theatre in Copenhagen will nevertheless host a scaled-down gala performance in her honour on Saturday night.
A lunch with Nordic royals will go ahead as planned on Sunday, as will as a downsized gala banquet at the Christiansborg Palace.
This is the second time Margrethe, who acceded to the throne in January 1972, has had to put off her jubilee celebrations, marking the actual anniversary last January with a smaller celebration due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
With the death of Elizabeth, Margrethe is now Europe’s longest-serving monarch, just ahead of Sweden’s Carl XVI Gustaf who has been king for 48 years.
Margrethe is also Europe’s only reigning queen, though four countries – Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden – have crown princesses next in line to the throne.
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