Another long-time monarch is celebrating her golden jubilee

That summer, millions around the world watched what time it was Queen Elizabeth celebrated her platinum anniversary in honor of her 70th jubilee. However, there is another European monarch celebrating an important milestone this year: Queen Margrethe of Denmark starts their Golden Jubilee celebrations.

Celebrations for Queen Margrethe’s Golden Jubilee

Queen Margrethe has been on the Danish throne since 1972, succeeding her father at the age of 31. She is the first female Danish ruler in the country’s history. This year marks her 50th year on the throne, and royals from across Europe came to help her celebrate.

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Earlier this month, royalty and other foreign dignitaries attended a gala at Denmark’s Royal Theater followed by a dinner at Christiansborg Palace. The participants included heads of state from Norway, Greece and Finland, among others.

“The Royal Family and Nordic Heads of State were among the guests at the evening gala performance at the Royal Theater to mark the 50th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen,” said an official statement from the Danish palace. “From the old stage of the theatre, The Queen attended ballet, drama, opera, musicals and classical music together with around 1200 guests.”

Her close friendship with Queen Elizabeth

However, due to Queen Elizabeth’s recent death, the celebration was a little more subdued than originally anticipated. She and Queen Margrethe were very close and the Danish monarch has canceled and postponed a number of events to mark her anniversary. Gala attendees also observed a minute’s silence to commemorate the late Queen.

Both monarchs acceded to the throne at a young age and formed a close bond over the years. They even had nicknames for each other; Queen Margrethe was allowed to use the nickname “Lilibet”, which only Queen Elizabeth’s closest friends and family used, while Queen Elizabeth called her “Daisy”.

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“That’s how we’ve always known each other,” said the Danish Queen of their friendship. “That’s what we call each other when we see and talk to each other. We’re definitely affectionate, but I don’t want to squirt it all over the place!”

While this golden jubilee marks an important milestone for Queen Margrethe, it was certainly a bittersweet occasion for the monarch as she also mourned the death of her friend and head of state.

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