You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

Amid lockdown, Danes find way to celebrate queen's birthday

Topics
Human Interest

AP  |  Copenhagen 

Observing social distancing, Danes on Thursday sang birthday songs from homes, balconies, parks and public gardens to honour popular Queen Margrethe II, who turned 80 amid the pandemic lockdown.

The festivities were shown live by the country's two public broadcasters, DR and TV2, which aired footage of flag-waving people singing the Danish version of "Happy Birthday", playing instruments and cheering.

The initiative was organised by a Facebook group whose members said they had wanted to find a way of honouring Margrethe despite pandemic restrictions.

The queen, who ascended to the throne in 1972 and whose royal lineage goes back more than 1,000 years, has repeatedly said she has no plans to abdicate.

"Thanks for the song. It went straight to the heart," Margrethe said in a live interview with DR.

She later appeared alone on the stairs of the Fredensborg palace where she currently resides, to wave to television cameras.

All public royal birthday celebrations - including the traditional waving from the balcony at the royal family's main residence at the Amalienborg castle in the heart of Copenhagen, a ride through town in a horse-drawn carriage and banquets - have been cancelled due to the pandemic.

Earlier this month, Margrethe had urged people not to give her flowers, saying instead that they should be sent "to one of the many older fellow citizens having difficulty at this time".

Florists reported larger-than-usual numbers of bouquets being sent to retirement homes.

Danish red-and-white flags fluttered on official buildings across the country with blue skies and white clouds as backdrop.

The day started with employees at the Fredensborg Palace north of the Danish capital singing inside a banquet hall with the monarch, visibly moved, standing on a balcony in her morning gown with her hair down.

Born days after Nazi German troops occupied Denmark, Margrethe wed in June 1967 to a French diplomat Henri Marie Jean Andre, Count of Laborde de Monpezat, who became Prince Henrik of Denmark. He died February 13, 2018.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Thu, April 16 2020. 19:20 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU