Danish Queen Marks 75th Anniversary of Liberation

Queen Margrethe cast a compelling, solitary figure at the Ryvangen Memorial Park in Copenhagen today for a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of German occupation.

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Det er 75 år siden, at de tyske tropper overgav sig, og i den anledning har dronningen og statsministeren lagt en krans i Mindelunden i Hellerup 💐Der var planlagt en stor højtidelighed i Mindelunden, men den blev aflyst på grund af coronakrisen. Flere mennesker er dog mødt op i løbet af dagen for at lægge blomster ved de mange navne på døde danskere. ⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ Før området i Hellerup blev til Mindelunden var det et militært øvelsesterræn, som den tyske besættelsesmagt fra 1943 til 1945 brugte som henrettelses- og begravelsesplads for danske modstandsfolk. Siden blev området omdannet til mindested, og Mindelunden blev officielt indviet 5. maj 1950 af statsminister Hans Hedtoft. Officielt trådte den tyske kapitulation først officielt i kraft 5. maj 1945, men befrielsesbudskabet blev meldt ud i radioen via BBC 4. maj klokken 20.36.⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ Læs mere via link i bio. ⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ #tv2lorry #mindelunden #befrielsen #befrielse #dronningmargrethe #margrethe #dronningen #danmarksbefrielse #4maj #fjerdemaj #maj #minde #andenverdenskrig #verdenskrig #frihedskamp #frihedskæmpere #modstandsbevægelse #modstandsbevægelsen @detdanskekongehus @mette

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For today’s anniversary, the Danish Queen repeated her red bumper hat with side bow in the same navy and red painterly print as her dress. Commemorative events such as these can be tricky to dress for, especially in light of a global pandemic, and while some royals would have chosen sombre neutrals for this event, I love that Queen Margrethe chose something characteristically vibrant and cheery.

Designer: Likely Per Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: Sep 8, 2019; Sep 4, 2019; June 15, 2019May 5, 2018July 1, 2017June 29, 2017June 1, 2017Oct 4, 2016Sep 5, 2016May 24, 2016

I understand that it is Danish tradition to light candles in the windows of one’s home to commemorate this anniversary and the Danish monarchy shared these poignant shots of candles lit in the windows of Fredensborg Castle, Amalienborg Castle and Chancery House, home of Crown Prince Frederick, Crown Princess Mary and their family. Such beacons of hope are so comforting these days. 

Hats at such events are not the focus but it is so lovely to finally see one, and a cheery red one at that!

Photos from Getty as indicated 

6 thoughts on “Danish Queen Marks 75th Anniversary of Liberation

  1. I’m so glad to see a real, current Royal hat being worn, I don’t care what color it is! She looks spectacular, and she would make my grandfather proud to be Danish.

    • I agree, Jimbo, it is so nice to see a royal engagement again. It gives me hope that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and one day we will go out of our homes again!

  2. Perhaps Margrethe chose red for the Danish flag? She was indeed a completely presence.

    The candles were beautiful. Thanks for including these photos, HQ.

    • I thought the same thing mittenmary. The red is prominent in the Danish flag and wearing that color is so symbolic for the commemoration, but also for the current crisis. I think she looks so strong and resilient and proud. It’s a lovely hat and outfit.

      • She looks just right, doesn’t she? I’d forgotten that the Danish RF stayed in Copenhagen during the German occupation, so she may have early childhood memories of those years. No wonder she was so moved.

    • I also thought the outfit was probably in reference to the Danish flag, in addition to perhaps wanting to bring a little cheer to her people even though it was a solemn ceremony. This will never be my favorite hat for Margrethe, but red is a good color for her, and it’s good to see her out and looking well.

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