Meet Queen Margrethe of Denmark, the only female monarch after Queen Elizabeth’s death: at 82, the part-time painter and translator has ruled for 50 years – but what’s her latest Netflix gig?
Born in Copenhagen on April 16, 1940, just a week after the Nazis invaded Denmark, according to Britannica, Margrethe was always meant to live a life far from ordinary.
From becoming the longest-reigning monarch in Europe and a royal fashion icon to working as a stage designer for Netflix, let’s get to know this 82-year-old Dane.
She has been sitting on the throne for 50 years
Denmark’s Queen Margrethe marked her golden jubilee on the throne in 2022. The eldest of three sisters, she was not always poised to succeed her father. King Frederick IX, however, allowed women to inherit the throne through a 1953 constitutional amendment.
In 1972, Margrethe ascended the Danish throne at 31 after her dad’s death. On numerous occasions, she has quipped that she will “stay on the throne until I drop”– just like her long-time friend, Queen Elizabeth, per The Guardian.
She was “Daisy” to Queen Elizabeth’s “Lilibet”
Queen Margrethe initially had grand plans to celebrate her 50-year reign this September, but she scaled back on a majority of events in the wake of Queen Elizabeth’s death, per People.
She’s always dressed to impress
She has multiple artistic pursuits
A fluent speaker of English, Danish, French, German and Swedish, per France24, this multilingual artist has also translated foreign literature into her mother tongue, including the 1981 version of Simone de Beauvoir’s All Men are Mortal under a pseudonym, reported The Guardian.
The queen’s latest gig as a designer is on a Netflix production based on Karen Blixen’s novel Ehrengard. The fantasy film is set to be released in 2023.
She might be Europe’s most intellectual monarch
It’s been said that if she wasn’t the nation’s monarch, Queen Margrethe would be elected president, reported Hello! Aside from knowing five languages, the Danish royal has spent years studying at European universities, including prehistoric archaeology at Cambridge and political science at Aarhus University, per Royal Central. She also attended the La Sorbonne University in Paris and the London School of Economics.
Known as a populist monarch, Queen Margrethe isn’t afraid of speaking her mind, especially in her televised New Year’s speeches. She has shared powerful statements on important social and political issues, including xenophobia, the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine.
- After the recent death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, 96, all eyes are on Denmark’s Queen Margrethe, 82, who’s now the world’s only female monarch
- The talented royal did an illustration for the Danish edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and translated Simone de Beauvoir’s All Men are Mortal