Friday, May 23, 2014

Silver wedding anniversary of Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik of Denmark

This stamp was issued on 10.6.1992 by Greenland to commemorate the Silver wedding anniversary of Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik of Denmark.

Margrethe Alexandrine Þorhildur Ingrid, Her Majesty The Queen, became Queen of Denmark in 1972. Margrethe II was born on 16 April 1940 at Amalienborg Palace as the daughter of King Frederik IX (d. 1972) and Queen Ingrid, born Princess of Sweden (d. 2000). The Queen’s motto is "God’s help, the love of The People, Denmark’s strength".

The Act of Succession of 27 March 1953 gave women the right of succession to the Danish throne but only secondarily. On the occasion of her accession to the throne on 14
January 1972, HM Queen Margrethe II became the first Danish Sovereign under the new Act of Succession.

On 10 June 1967, the Heir Apparent married Henri Marie Jean André, Count of Laborde deMonpezat, who in connection with the marriage became HRH Prince Henrik of Denmark. The wedding ceremony took place in Holmens Kirke, and the wedding festivities were held at Fredensborg Palace.

Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark (born 11 June 1934), is the husband of the Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II. Henrik married the then heiress apparent to the Danish throne Margrethe at the Naval Church of Copenhagen on 10 June 1967. At the time of the wedding his name was Danicised to Henrik and he was created HRH Prince Henrik of Denmark. Before the wedding, the Prince converted to Protestantism.

The couple has two sons; Crown Prince Frederik (born 1968) and Prince Joachim (born 1969). Henrik became Prince Consort when his wife succeeded her father, King Frederick IX, to the throne on 14 January 1972.

Thank you Merja.

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