She said that she had been encouraged by the fact that Omicron was a “visibly less dangerous variant if it is not allowed to explode.”
Queen Margrethe II holding a bouquet on her 75th birthday. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix
The Queen last month cancelled her 80th birthday celebrations as part of the country's coronavirus lockdown, leading 171,000 Danes to sign up to sing for her when the big day comes on April 16.
But in a press release issued on Thursday, the much-loved monarch made a “special request” to her subjects not to send her the traditional bouquets this year.
“Each year on the Queen's birthday, the Queen receives flowers from near and far,” the statement reads. “This year, the Queen is calling for a bouquet to be sent to one of the many senior citizens who are facing particular difficulties during this time.”
Margrethe II received plaudits last month for the special television address she made to her subjects admonishing those who had been “reckless” and mingled outside despite the coronavirus lockdown.
In the release, the Royal House said it was also suspending the traditional event when people have the possibility to meet the queen personally at The Yellow Palace, or Bergum's Mansion, in Copenhagen, and to leave their written congratulations.
Instead, there will be an opportunity to leave congratulations virtually on The Royal Court's website.