As Queen Margrethe II of Denmark celebrated the 50th anniversary of her accession to the throne, the day was also be tinged with sadness for her as it also marked the anniversary of the loss of her beloved father.
Queen Margrethe went to visit the grave of her parents, King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid (born of Sweden), at Roskilde Cathedral on the anniversary. She took along her sister Princess Benedikte, her son Crown Prince Frederik and his wife Mary, and her second son Prince Joachim with his wife Marie. They were also all, except for the Queen herself, wearing their new gold medal – the Medal of Remembrance on the occasion of Her Majesty the Queen’s 50th Government Anniversary. This was awarded to Queen Margrethe’s family but also to court staff and some others.
After the wreath-laying at the grave, the Jubilee Queen touchingly and carefully curtseyed in front of her parents’ grave. Her sister and daughters-in-law followed her example.