Thursday 16 April 2009

Happy 69th birthday for Queen Margrethe!

Queen Margrethe is celebrating her 69th birthday today and has appeared on the Amalienborg balcony to greet, and be greeted, by thousands in Amalienborg Palace Square. The Queen was joined by Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary with Christian and Isabella, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie and Nikolai and Felix.

Photos © Hanne Juul/BilledBladet, Keld Navntoft/Berlingske Tidende (including lead photo), Jens Dige/POLFOTO/Fyens Stiftstidende, Peter Grosen/SeogHør.

Berlingske Tidende 'Dronningen fejret på Amalienborg' - The Queen popular on Amalienborg
Mikkel Sander Rydzy | April 16th 2009
Thousands were [at Amalienborg] at noon to shout hurrah! for Queen Margrethe, who turns 69 years old today.
Kindergarten children, pensioners and tourists with ready-to-shoot digital cameras made up the large assembly gathered together on Amalienborgs Slotsplads to pay tribute to Queen Margrethe shortly after noon today.
Together with husband, children, daughters-in-law and grandchildren the now 69-year-old Queen and birthday girl appeared on the balcony to the delight of the crowd.
The royal waves from the balcony were reciprocated with eager flag waving while thousands joined in cheers that the Queen herself 'conducted'.
Among those who attended was Anne Sophie Hollesen, who had brought her three children Laura, Sebastian and Carl Christian along in a Christiania bicycle. "We have come in to say congratulations to the Queen, and it isn't the first time we have beene here," Anne Sophie Hollesen says to
The two older children are free from Krebs School for the royal birthday...both Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim went there and Prince Joachim's eldest son, Nikolai is in 4th grade...
From their place in the crowd it may be difficult to catch a decent glimpse of the Queen. Maybe for this reason it's not entirely easy to decide the birthday person's age.
"I think that she will stay 100," 6-year-old big brother Sebastian says.
Big sister Laura, seven, is a little closer to the correct number.
"I think she turns 67," she says after a bit of time to think it over.
Their mother must admit that she isn't certain about the answer.
But it is in fact 69 years that Denmark's Queen reaches today.

Billed Bladet 'Hele familien bag dronningen på balkonen'
The Copenhagen Post 'Thousands wish Queen happy birthday

Berlingske Tidende gallery
Berlingske Tidende gallery - the Queen's year in review
MSN Starlounge gallery
Billed Bladet's gallery - the Queen as grandmother
B.T. Queen's birthday gallery
TV2 gallery
Fyens Stifstidende gallery

JP webTV (01:44) clip
TV2 clip (02:50)
SeogHør clip (01:47 - the article says it is getting crowded on the balcony but all eventually fit in, including Marie's pregnant tummy, and Isabella was especially happy to wave at the crowd - scroll down page for clip)

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