Thursday, January 2, 2014

Arty Queen Daisy

Do you remember when we could fly? 
When we believed in magic? 
When any thing was possible?

There is a piece of all of us that comes alive 
when we read a good story, watch a movie, 
or experience art.

That sliver of innocence left from our youth.

This is our truest selves. 
The part that still believes in fairy tales. 
And Kings and Queens and real life Princesses . . .

Princess Nina from the land of Oz

Margrethe II is the queen regnant of Denmark. 
In Danish Margrethe is pronounced ‘Ma-gray-te’.
She was born on April 16, 1940, at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen. 

Her nickname is Daisy.
Apparently from the French word Marguerite Daisy
which is also the Danish name for the flower. 
The Daisy is coincidentally the national flower of Denmark.

As the eldest child of King Frederik IX and Ingrid of Sweden, 
she succeeded her father upon his death on 14 January 1972. 

Her French husband’s name is Henri but the Danes renamed him ‘Henrik’
and make fun of the way he speaks Danish.

The Queen lives at Amalienborg Palace in the centre of Copenhagen, and can moor a boat right outside. Her summer residence is in Gråsten, the south of Jutland.

In the summer she goes off on her boat and makes official visit to towns around Denmark


She’s very artistic and designs ballet costumes and wall hangings in churches, does découpage and paints pictures.

Some of the Queen's international artistic endeavours:

The Wild Swans (2009) written by Hans Christian Andersen. Queen Margrethe II designed the set of this film.

Snedronningen/Snow Queen (2000) written by Hans Christian Andersen as well. The visual starting point of the movie is a decoupage, created by Queen Margrethe II, who also voices the story of the children Kay and Gerda.

Official webpage of The Monarchy in Denmark