Saturday, April 16, 2005

Today´s birthday-baby

Queen Margrethe II

Queen Margrethe II

• Head of state of the Kingdom of Denmark

• Role strictly apolitical and symbolic. As such not permitted to voice public opinion on referendum.

• Born April 16, 1940, eldest child of King Frederick IX and Queen Ingrid. Full name Margrethe Alexandrine Thorhildur Ingrid. Family and friends know her as "Daisy."

• Studied political science, economics and archaeology at universities of Copenhagen, Cambridge, �rhus and Paris.

• Married to Count Henri de Laborde de Montpezat (1967). Two sons, Frederick (born 1968) and Joachim (born 1969).

• Became Queen on January 13, 1972, on death of father.

• Although wields no direct political power, annual televised speech on New Year's Eve, covering such issues as environment, immigration, nationalism and culture, is extremely influential.

• Gifted artist. Has exhibited throughout Denmark and Scandinavia, and illustrated 1977 Danish translation of "Lord of the Rings" (under pseudonym Ingahild Grathmer).

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