Queen Margrethe’s 80th Birthday

Queen Margrethe celebrates her 80th birthday today, unfortunately, with far less fanfare than was originally planned. The Danish court has released some wonderful photos this week to celebrate, including:

New portraits with Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Christian

New photos of the birthday girl, taken at home

Gallery of photos taken throughout her life (with some fantastic hats!)

A look at some of the Queen’s passions (scroll to the second clip which shows describing, in English, the hat for one of her costume designs, which she models wonderfully!)

Gallery of past milestone birthday portraits

A look at the commemorative coin, minted to celebrate this occasion

To celebrate Queen Margrethe’s birthday today, let’s raise a glass and share our favourite of her hats (or tiaras, if you wish!). For me, it’s the coral straw double-brimmed picture hat with red dotted paler pink upper brim she wore to Royal Ascot in 2002- such great colour with a little bit of bonkers from the pink and orange curling trim. Which of her hats stand out most in your memory?

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Photos from Getty as indicated 

24 thoughts on “Queen Margrethe’s 80th Birthday

  1. LOL
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    And the Queen needs to bring this one back
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  3. A few more, and some are feathered and could go in the previous post.

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  4. I wish some of these would make a comeback
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    I think this one, from 1994, was repeated recently, so there’s hope for some of these hats
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    • Oh, yes, Maja!
      The first photo in your post— the purple one. Don’t recall ever seeing it before and it is marvelous!
      Perfect brim, scale, and the color is so perfect for her. She needs to repeat this hat as soon as circumstances allow.
      Thanks so much for passing these along!

  5. An elegant little one: Embed from Getty Images

  6. Queen Margrethe has worn some wonderful hats over the years
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    • A few of my favorite photos of her, hats, tiaras and dachshunds included
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  7. She has worn, and continues to wear, beautiful hats, but of course we have to include this cheerful number: Embed from Getty Images

    • I was going to add this one to my list, so I’m very glad you did! Regardless of the hat, it’s such a delightful photo and shows Queen Margrethe at her best! She just exudes life. I love it!

  8. Thank you Shanon!

    My gosh. All of the hats in your post are remarkable. My top choices are the yellow/ gold straw hat in the first set ( minus the daisy jewelry, although I had similar pieces a million years ago), and the navy and the pink hat in your third set. Queen Margrethe has her own style, and she always exudes confidence and optimism.

  9. Happy Birthday Queen Margrethe! I think she’s had some lovely hats over the years:

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  10. Sweet birthday messages from her grandchildren

    and from Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Belgian and Luxembourg royal families for their “Aunt Daisy”

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    🇸🇪 🇳🇴 🇳🇱 🇩🇰 🇪🇸 🇧🇪 🇱🇺⁣ Det var en glæde for Hendes Majestæt Dronningen, da en række af Europas kongelige for kort tid siden overraskede Dronningen med en fødselsdagsvideohilsen. ⁣ ⁣ Her vises et kort uddrag fra de mange hilsner fra Deres Majestæter Sveriges, Norges, Spaniens , Belgiens og Nederlandenes Konger og Dronninger, Deres Kongelige Højheder Luxembourgs Storhertugpar samt Deres Kongelige Højheder Norges Kronprinspar, Sveriges Kronprinsessepar og Prins Carl Philip.⁣ Herudover modtog Majestæten en række private videohilsener fra Dronningens kollegaer, familie og venner blandt de europæiske kongehuse, herunder en personlig hilsen fra Deres Kongelige Højheder Prinsen af Wales og Hertuginden af Cornwall. ⁣ // A number of Europe’s royal family members surprised Her Majesty The Queen with a video greeting on 16 April 2020 on the occasion of the 80th birthday. Though Their Majesties and Their Royal Highnesses could not be present to celebrate The Queen in Denmark as otherwise planned, all nevertheless wanted to delight Her Majesty with personal congratulations. Here are excerpts from the many greetings that The Queen has just seen.⁣ In the video, you can see greetings from Their Majesties The Kings and Queens of Sweden, Norway, Spain, Belgium and The Netherlands, Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg and Their Royal Highnesses the Crown Prince Couple of Norway, the Crown Princess Couple of Sweden and Prince Carl Philip. In addition, Her Majesty received a number of other private video messages from the Queen’s colleagues, friends and family members among the European royal houses, including a personal greeting from Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. ⁣ ⁣ 🎥: Kongehuset i samarbejde med⁣ @kungahuset @detnorskekongehus ⁣ @koninklijkhuis ⁣ @belgianroyalpalace ⁣ @courgrandducale ⁣ @crownprincessmm ⁣ @prinsparet og det spanske kongehus©️⁣

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  11. I love to see Queen Margrethe in big hats. Here’s a timeless classic, Paris 1970:
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    Christening of Crown Prince Frederick 1968:
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    Margrethe’s civil wedding ceremony 1967. Does anyone have a colour pic of this event?
    https://www.gettyimages.com.au/detail/news-photo/princely-marriage-of-margrethe-of-denmark-and-henri-de-news-photo/162860668
    And a cheerful orange and white polka-dot hat from 1970, Dusseldorf: https://www.gettyimages.com.au/detail/news-photo/kronprinzessin-margrethe-von-d%C3%A4nemark-und-ihr-mann-prinz-news-photo/1213205262?adppopup=true

    • Mcncln, it’s YELLOW!! The woman next to her didn’t seem to enjoy it as much.

    • These are just fabulous hats! The one at the christening is just so gorgeous! The polka dot hat is amazing. I always thought Princess Diana brought polka dots into fashion, but Queen Margrethe was at least a full decade ahead! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

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