Often the stern and reserved face of the Danish monarchy, Queen Margrethe was really getting into the spirit of her 79th birthday celebrations at the Royal Castle, Marselisborg.
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Leading cheers and waving her arms and smiling broadly to well-wishers below, the display seemed to briefly startle her daughter-in-law, Aussie-born Princess Mary, who looked on with apparent bemusement.
‘It was wonderful to see the Queen having such a jolly time,’ says an onlooker. ‘She couldn’t stop grinning.
'It seemed to take Mary by surprise a bit.’
It’s been a period of transition for the Danish monarch.
Margrethe’s husband, Prince Henrik, passed away last year, aged 83. The the long-time couple were married in 1967.
With a year passing since his death, Margrethe has retained her public duties. Danish tradition makes it unlikely the royal will abdicate, and she remains devoted to her continuing duties.