Quick facts for kidsMargrethe II
|Queen of Denmark|
|Reign||14 January 1972 – present|
|Born||16 April 1940|
|Birthplace||Amalienborg Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Heir-Apparent||Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark|
Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark
(m. 1967; his death 2018)
|Royal House||House of Glücksburg|
|Royal motto||Guds hjælp, Folkets kærlighed, Danmarks styrke
(The Help of God, the Love of the People, the Strength of Denmark)
Princess Margrethe was born at Amalienborg Palace, Copenhagen, to Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Ingrid. She was baptised on 14 May 1940 at the Naval Church in Copenhagen. As King Christian X of Denmark was also the King of Iceland at the time of her birth, the Princess was given an Icelandic name, Þórhildur (spelled with the Icelandic thorn character, simplified as "th").
Margrethe was not born to be monarch, even though she was the eldest child of the Crown Prince, later King. At the time of her birth, only males could ascend the throne of Denmark.
The act of succession was changed in 1953.
Her father King Frederik IX died in 1972, and Queen Margrethe II became the first female Danish Sovereign.
Images for kids
Margrethe II of Denmark in a costume of the Faroese people. Stamp FR 302 of Postverk Føroya, Faroe Islands, issued 14 January 1997.
Queen Margrethe II in Vágur, Faroe Islands, 21 June 2005
Margrethe II with Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva during the latter's visit to Denmark, 12 September 2007.
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