The Danish Monarchy can be traced back more than 1000 years. The Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II, is therefore able to count kings like Gorm the Old (deceased 958) and Harald Bluetooth (deceased 987) among her ancestors.
The Nearest Relations
The Queen's nearest family consists of the Royal Consort Prince Henrik, their sons, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim, Crown Princess Mary married to Crown Prince Frederik and their son Prince Christian, their daughter Princess Isabella and their twins. Prince Joachim's former wife now Countess Alexandra and their two sons Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix and Prince Joachim's wife Princess Marie and their son Prince Henrik and their daughter Princess Athena.
The Danes and their Queen
Danes are proud of their queen and their royal monarchy. Queen Margrethe is widely respected for her intellectual prowess and her artistic abilities including working as an illustrator, set designer for the theatre and textile artist. Along with the Prince Consort, the Queen has translated French literary works into Danish and vice versa.
The Role of the Monarchy
Like other monarchies, discussion about the role and function of the monarchy takes place in Denmark. However, the general tone here is much more subdued than for example in other kingdoms.