Denmark’s Queen Margrethe to celebrate jubilee on Copenhagen City Hall balcony

Queen Margrethe of Denmark will on November 12th step on to the balcony at Copenhagen City Hall to mark her 50th jubilee in an event that has been repeatedly postponed.

Denmark’s Queen Margrethe to celebrate jubilee on Copenhagen City Hall balcony
Queen Margrethe waving from Fredensborg Palace in 2021. Photo: Martin Sylvest/Ritzau Scanpix

The Queen will appear at the City Hall (Rådhuspladsen) balcony – where thousands of people will be able to gather on the City Hall Square below – to celebrate her jubilee.

This year has already seen events to mark the Queen’s jubilee, but the balcony appearance has been rescheduled on repeat occasions for different reasons.

It will now take place on November 12th, the palace confirmed in a statement.

The celebrations were initially scheduled for the beginning of 2022, closer to the exact date of the jubilee. They were postponed until September due to Covid-19 restrictions.

A second postponement saw celebrations on September 10th toned down following the death of Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Margrethe will step onto the balcony in central Copenhagen at 1pm, according to the November 12th schedule.

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Denmark’s Queen Margrethe to return to public duty on 83rd birthday

Queen Margrethe is scheduled to return to public duty on April 16th, her 83rd birthday, following a period of convalescence after a back operation.

Denmark’s Queen Margrethe to return to public duty on 83rd birthday

The Queen’s return to public duty on her birthday was announced in a palace statement on Thursday.

“On this occasion, Her Majesty and The Royal Family will appear on the balconies at Christian IX’s Palace at Amalienborg at 12pm,” the palace said.

“It is expected that The Queen will resume her duties as the country’s sovereign the same day after her successful back operation in February,” it continued.

“The Queen’s physical rehabilitation is going well, but there will continue to be a number of major tasks that The Queen cannot carry out as planned in the coming months. Information about this will be shared on an ongoing basis,” it said.

Crown Prince Frederik has stood in for the Queen on official duties during her absence.

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To mark the Queen’s birthday, the Danish Royal Life Guard regiment will be in red gala uniforms and spectators will be able to watch a grand changing of the guard in front of the palace at royal residence Amalienborg in Copenhagen at 11:50am.

It is five years since the Queen last marked her birthday by greeting the public from the Amalienborg balcony, an otherwise regular tradition. The custom has in recent years been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, while the Queen was at Marselisborg in Aarhus in 2022.

The 82-year-old, Europe’s longest reigning monarch, underwent a “major” back operation last month at Rigshospitalet, Denmark’s largest hospital.

The exact nature of the operation has not been specified. The Queen underwent a lumbar canal operation 20 years ago.

The Queen, who was widowed in 2018, is extremely popular in Denmark. More than 80 percent of Danes say they support the monarchy, with thousands turning out to celebrate her 50th jubilee last year.