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Get to know the Danish Royal Family

Photo: Martin Heiberg

The Danish monarchy is a popular institution in Denmark and is one of the oldest in the world. The current monarch, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II, can trace her lineage back to the first Viking kings of Denmark over 1,000 years ago!

Denmark: The world’s oldest monarchy

The Viking rune stones at Jelling, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are inscribed by Harald Bluetooth, the first king of a united Denmark around 1000 years ago. HM The Queen of Denmark is descended from him and Denmark is filled with a rich array of royal monuments, buildings and treasures spanning a thousand years. From castles and fortresses, to royal art collections and the Crown Jewels, you can experience royal Denmark at many sites across the country.

Denmark's royal family today

Denmark’s Royal Family retains its popularity today due to its ability to adapt to the modern world. Members of the Family engage in many diplomatic and charity events and are important ambassadors for the country. 

Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and their children

The next generation of Danish royalty is growing up fast. HRH Crown Prince Frederik and HRH Crown Princess Mary have four children and the eldest, HRH Prince Christian, is second in line to the Danish throne. Princess Mary of Denmark is originally from Tasmania and is known as a style icon. HRH Crown Prince Frederik is a very popular figure in Denmark and has been voted Dane of the Year in Danish opinion polls more than once.

Photo:Terry Mclaughlin - Copenhagen Media Center

Be part of Denmark's royal celebrations

2022 marks the 50th anniversary of HM Queen Margrethe II accession to the throne. Most official and public celebrations will be held in September 2022.

Anniversaries and round birthdays of the Royal family are usually celebrated alongside the Danish population for multiple days! The whole family gathers on these special occasions, such as the Queen's birthday (April 16), to wave to the public from the balcony of their main residence, Amalienborg Palace.

HRH Crown Prince Frederik celebrated his 50th birthday in 2018 during a Royal Run in the streets of Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense, Aalborg, and Esbjerg. He was joined by over 70,000 Danes!

Visit the Monarchy website to find out when the next regal celebrations will be happening for a taste of your own royal Danish traditions.

Photo:Kim Wyon

Top spots to see the Royal Family in Denmark

It's not uncommon to get a glimpse of HM The Queen and her family in Denmark. You might even see HRH Crown Princess Mary walking their dog at The Citadel or HRH Crown Prince Frederik running a 10K in the streets. Here are some of the best places in Denmark to spot Danish royalty!

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