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Margrethe II of Denmark
|Queen of Denmark|
|Reign||14 January 1972 - present|
|Born||16 April 1940|
|Birthplace||Amalienborg Palace, Copenhagen|
|Heir-Apparent||Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark|
|Consort||Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark|
|Royal House||House of Glücksburg|
Guds hjælp, Folkets kærlighed, Danmarks styrke|
(The Help of God, the Love of the People, the Strength of Denmark)
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").
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.
- 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.