Danish Queen’s special request: ‘Don’t send me birthday flowers’

Danish Queen's special request: 'Don't send me birthday flowers'
Queen Margrethe II holding a bouquet on her 75th birthday. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix
Denmark's Queen Margrethe II has called on Danes not to send her flowers on her 80th birthday, but to instead send them to other elderly Danes facing "particular difficulties" during the coronavirus lockdown.
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. 

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