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Margrethe inherited her mother's strength of character and her popularity with the Danish people. The Crown Princely was so popular in fact, that a movement began to change the laws in favor of young Margrethe. At the time of her birth, the law banned women from inheriting the Danish throne, but as it became clear that Frederik and Ingrid would have only daughters--three in total--the law was changed. It took two Acts of Parliament and a public referendum. So, in a way, the Danish people actually voted to make Margrethe their future queen shortly before her 13th birthday.
As such, she received an extraordinary education. She studied at Girton College, Cambridge University, Aarhus University, the Sorbonne and London School of Economics. She spent 12 years of voluntary service with the Women's Flying Corps. She speaks not only Danish and her mother's native Swedish but also English, French and German. Throughout all of these preparations to be queen, she developed many artistic talents. She often designs her own colorful wardrobe, has had many exhibitions or her own artwork around the world, and not only illustrated the 1977 Danish translation of The Lord of the Rings, but also helped with the translation itself.
In 1967, she married French diplomat Count Henri Laborde de Monpezat, a fellow linguist (he speaks French, English, Chinese, Vietnamese and Danish) and artistic spirit (he writes poetry). By their second anniversary, the couple already had two sons, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim. They are now the grandparents of eight, including five princes and two princesses. The marriage had a very public rough spot in 2003 when Henri left the country after getting upset about his royal precedence, but Margrethe went to him in France and they were reunited. She has since signaled his role as the patriarch of their family by creating the Danish title Count of Monpezat and granting it to their descendants.
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The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor provided a full rundown of birthday events in its Sunday Tidbits. It is featuring an open post on all of the festivities today and tomorrow. FYI The Danes love any excuse to throw a royal gala, so be prepared to see royals from all over the world for this celebration.
For more on Margrethe:
Her Official Biography on Kongehuset
10 Facts about Queen Margrethe on Hello
Queen Margrethe on Royalista
Queen Margrethe on Tumblr
Queen Margrethe's Accession on Royal Order of Splendor
Queen Margrethe II on Hello
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark's 40th Anniversary on Dag Trygsland Hoelseth
Margrethe II's Illustrations on io9
Wedding of Margrethe II and Henri Laborde de Monpezat on Unofficial Royalty
CNN's Program on Margrethe's Ruby Jubilee by Max Foster:
Blogs about Margrethe:
Queen Margrethe II on Tumblr
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