Denmark

Queen Margrethe – A Golden Reign

God’s help, the love of The People, Denmark’s strength When Princess Margrethe of Denmark was born on 16 April 1940, she had no succession rights whatsoever, and now she is celebrating 50 years on the throne. Margrethe’s family was quite popular with the people, and so work began on a new Act of Succession that [read more]

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Margrethe II of Denmark

Queen Margrethe’s Horseshoe Brooch

This beautiful horseshoe brooch was given to the then Princess Margrethe of Denmark by her father Frederik IX in 1953, after the signing of the Constitution, which made her heiress presumptive to the throne. Before 1953, women were barred from inheriting the Danish throne, and it had been widely expected that Frederik’s brother Prince Knud [read more]

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Beatrix of the Netherlands

Review: Beatrix in Images exhibition

Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands reigned as Queen of the Netherlands between 1980 and 2013 and reverted to using the title of Princess after abdicating in her eldest son’s favour. The Stedelijk Museum in Vianen has taken the occasion of their 50th anniversary to host an exhibition of portraits of the former Queen. Most of [read more]

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Margriet of the Netherlands

Royal Wedding Recollections – Princess Margriet of the Netherlands & Pieter van Vollenhoven

On 10 March 1965, the engagement between Princess Margriet, third daughter of then Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard, and Pieter van Vollenhoven was announced. They had met in 1963 while they were studying law. Pieter graduated in 1965, while Princess Margriet did not leave with a diploma. As the engagement was announced, Pieter was actually [read more]