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Margrethe II
Queen of Denmark
Queen Magrethe sep 7 2005.png
Reign 14 January 1972 - present
Born 16 April 1940 (1940-04-16) (age 80)
Birthplace Amalienborg Palace, Copenhagen
Predecessor Frederik IX
Heir-Apparent Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark
Consort Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark
Children Frederik, Joachim
Royal House House of Glücksburg
Royal motto Guds hjælp, Folkets kærlighed, Danmarks styrke
(The Help of God, the Love of the People, the Strength of Denmark)
Father Frederik IX
Mother Ingrid

Margrethe II (Margrethe Alexandrine Þórhildur Ingrid) (born 16 April 1940) is the Queen regnant of Denmark. Only very rarely is her name anglicized as Margaret II.

Early life

Princess Margrethe was born at Amalienborg Palace, Copenhagen, to Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Ingrid. She was baptised on 14 May 1940 at the Naval Church in Copenhagen. As King Christian X of Denmark was also the King of Iceland at the time of her birth, the Princess was given an Icelandic name, Þórhildur (spelled with the Icelandic thorn character, simplified as "th").

She studied archaeology at Girton College, Cambridge in 1960-1961. She was also at the London School of Economics in 1965.

Margrethe was not born to be monarch, even though she was the eldest child of the Crown Prince, later King. At the time of her birth, only males could ascend the throne of Denmark.

The act of succession was changed in 1953.

Her father king Frederik IX died in 1972, and Queen Margrethe II became the first female Danish Sovereign. [1]

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  1. Queen Margrete I ruled Denmark, Norway and later also Sweden between 1387 and 1412. She was a Danish princess, who married the King of Norway, and thus became Queen. She had a baby boy, and when her husbond died, the little boy was formally chosen to be king of both Norway and Denmark. Because the new king was still very young, his mother, Queen Margrete ruled in his name. The young king died when he was 17 years old, but his mother continued to rule both countries, and from 1397 Sweden was added, and she became the ruler of all of Scandinavia. She was however never a Sovereign.
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