Queen's Platinum Jubilee: Foreign royals pay tribute

Congratulations, from one Queen to another: Her Majesty’s cousin Margrethe II of Denmark leads foreign monarchs paying tribute to the ‘remarkable’ Platinum Jubilee

  • Queen Margrethe II of Denmark led foreign royals sharing their well-wishes
  • Margrethe, 82, is a distant cousin of the Queen and a relative of Prince Philip
  • She praised the Queen’s ‘service and unwavering devotion’ in a heartfelt post 
  • Latest Platinum Jubilee news as the Queen celebrates 70 years of service

The Queen’s distant cousin Queen Margrethe II of Denmark has led the foreign royals paying tribute to Her Majesty on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee. 

Margrethe, 82, who this year celebrates her Golden Jubilee, posted a message on Instagram praising the Queen’s ‘service and unwavering devotion’ over her 70-year reign. 

The Danish queen, who is affectionately known as ‘aunt Daisy’ by European royals due to her close personal ties with many reigning monarchs, recently attended the Duke of Edinburgh’s Service of Thanksgiving and hosted the Duchess of Cambridge on a solo visit to Copenhagen. 

Royal well-wishes! The Queen’s distant cousin Queen Margrethe II of Denmark has led the foreign royals paying tribute to Her Majesty on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee

Heartfelt: Margrethe, 82, who this year celebrates her Golden Jubilee, posted a message on Instagram praising the Queen’s ‘service and unwavering devotion’ over her 70-year reign

The message reads: ‘Please accept my warmest congratulations on your Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of reign, service and unwavering devotion to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and Commonwealth.

‘This unprecedented and remarkable achievement is indeed historic. It underlines the importance of the Monarchy as a strong symbol of national identity and historic continuity in a rapidly changing modern world, where many of our citizens struggle to keep abreast with the pace and risk losing their peace of mind and sense of belonging.

‘Throughout these many years Your Majesty has been an unfaltering presence and a pillar of strength, encouraging and inspiring, whatever the circumstances.’

Queen Margrethe II enjoys a close personal relationship with the Queen and was related to the Duke of Edinburgh through King Christian IX of Denmark.

King Christian IX – dubbed the ‘father-in-law of Europe’ due to his far-reaching progeny – was the great-great-grandfather of Queen Margrethe and the great-grandfather of the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Danish queen is also related to Queen Elizabeth through Queen Victoria. 

Close ties: Queen Margrethe travelled to the UK on March 29 to attend Prince Philip’s Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey

Royal welcome: Margrethe was joined by her daughter-in-law Crown Princess Mary in welcoming the Duchess of Cambridge to Copenhagen in February

In April the Queen marked Queen Margrethe’s Golden Jubilee with a throwback picture on Instagram.

The snap shows the two Queens with the late Duke of Edinburgh and the late Prince Henrik of Denmark, during a royal visit to Copenhagen in 1979.

Margrethe lost her husband Henrik in 2018.

Margrethe ascended the throne upon her father Frederick IX of Denmark’s death on 14 January 1972. This year marks the 50th of her reign. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will today be reunited in London with Prince William, Kate, Prince Charles and Camilla for their first official joint engagement together in two years at Trooping the Colour. 

In what is set to be a gripping – and highly public – family reunion in front of a watching audience of millions, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are also expected to bring along three-year-old Archie and Lilibet, nearly one. 

Treasured memories: The Queen, second left, travelled to Copenhagen with the late Duke of Edinburgh, right, in 1979, where they stayed with Queen Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik

Close personal bond: The Queen and the Danish Monarch, left, at Windsor Castle during a state visit in February 2000

The children are likely to meet their cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis at long last. Lilibet has never been introduced to her royal relatives, while Archie has not been in the UK since he was six months old.

But there is no invitation for the shamed Duke of York even in a private capacity, showing just how far the Queen’s son has fallen from grace. The Queen’s Birthday Parade at Horse Guards in London is the first official Platinum Jubilee event of the bank holiday weekend, and the most widely attended by the Windsors.

Many had thought Her Majesty’s appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the traditional post-parade flypast would be the most keenly anticipated moment of the day. But it is likely all eyes will, in fact, be on the family reunion playing out 50 yards down the road instead.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been invited by the Queen to join family members watching the spectacular military event from the Major General’s Office overlooking the Whitehall parade ground. The room – once used by the Duke of Wellington – spreads out over the entrance to Horse Guards. It is where dignitaries traditionally watch from if they are not involved in the parade proceedings.

The Queen has thanked the nation on the eve of her historic Platinum Jubilee, saying she continues to be inspired by the goodwill shown to her – while an official portrait of Her Majesty has also been unveiled to mark the start of the celebrations

The group will not include the Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge or the Princess Royal. Her Majesty will remain at Buckingham Palace where she will take the returning cavalry’s salute from the balcony there. 

Charles will be taking the salute as the Colour of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards is trooped and inspect the Troops of the Household Division on the monarch’s behalf. He will be joined by his elder son and sister, with all three on horseback.

The Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and many other royals will travel to Horse Guards Parade from the palace in carriages. They will then disembark and watch the rest of the event from the Major General’s Office alongside Harry and Meghan, who will arrive by car.

The large royal party will also include all grandchildren of the Queen and their spouses. As well as the Sussexes there will be Princess Beatrice and her husband Edo, Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack and Anne’s children, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, and their families. 

Royal fans sing the national anthem as they gather along the Mall leading to Buckingham Palace in London this morning

Royal fans share a laugh as they gather along The Mall leading to Buckingham Palace in London this morning

Meghan will not have seen any of the family since she and her husband acrimoniously quit as working royals and moved to North America in early 2020, while the prince only saw them very briefly at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral last year.

The last public occasion the Sussexes attended together in the UK was the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in March 2020 when the atmosphere could not have been more awkward. William and Kate virtually blanked Harry and Meghan that day, leaving Prince Edward and Sophie to try to keep the peace.

Fortunately William, who has been most deeply affected by his brother’s actions and has struggled to hide his hurt, will not be forced to greet the couple in public. And Kate proved to be an admirable peacemaker when she made a point of breaking the ice and speaking to Harry after the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.

Harry and Meghan are staying with their children at their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage. They had always been expected to join the congregation for tomorrow’s service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s 70-year reign at St Paul’s Cathedral, but their participation with Trooping is seen as an additional olive branch from Her Majesty.

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