Margrethe Alexandrine Torhildur Ingrid from Denmark was born on 16 April 1940 in Copenhagen. Eldest daughter of Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark and Princess Ingrid of Sweden, she has two sisters, Benedikte (born 1944) and Anne-Marie (born 1946). The girls receive a simple education and attend public schools in the Danish capital with other girls of their age. On April 20, 1947, Frederick of Denmark acceded to the throne as Frederick IX. A few years later, in March 1953, Princess Margrethe became Crown Princess.
As a teenager, the Princess spent a year studying in England to perfect her English. Back in Denmark, she regularly attends the Council of Ministers and then the Council of State to familiarize herself with the institutions of her country. With her baccalaureate in her pocket, she entered the University of Aarhus in Denmark to study philosophy and international law. The Crown Princess then studied at the London School of Economics, and it was in London that she met Henri de Laborde de Monpezat, attaché at the French Embassy. Their engagement was announced in September 1966, and their marriage was celebrated on June 10, 1967 at the Holmen Kirke, the seamen’s church in Copenhagen. The couple gave birth to two children; Frederik in May 1968 and Joachim in June 1969.
On January 14, 1972, King Frederik IX died at the age of 72. The next day, January 15, 1972, Margrethe II becomes Queen of Denmark and appears on the balcony of the palace of Amalienborg. Very popular, the queen wishes to remain close to her people, and keeps the custom of public hearings during which the Danes can express their opinions.
An art lover and theater enthusiast, the Queen loves to design the theater costumes and sets. Margrethe of Denmark, who has been drawing since her earliest childhood, began painting in the 1970s. Her artistic fiber is revealed and from then on, the Queen devotes part of her weekly schedule to her artistic activities. In 1985, she drew the stamp commemorating the 40th anniversary of the liberation of Denmark. In 2004, she showed some of her paintings to the public at an exhibition entitled The Spirit of Travel, in Odense, Denmark. At the same time, Margrethe from Denmark, who is fluent in several languages, translated with her husband Simone de Beauvoir’s book, Tous les hommes sont mortels.
On December 31, 2015, Margrethe of Denmark announces that her husband is retiring from public life. In April 2016, Henrik of Denmark renounces his title of Prince Consort. In September 2017, an official communiqué from the Palace revealed that Henrik of Denmark was suffering from dementia. A few months later, in February 2018, the state of health of Prince Henrik of Denmark deteriorated, and a communiqué announced that he was hospitalized in Copenhagen. On February 13, 2018, Henrik of Denmark died at the age of 83.