Also for Queen Margrethe II of Denmark the year of her 80th birthday didn’t exactly go as planned. No big celebrations, and several other events were either postponed or cancelled. While her birthday was already on April 16, only two months later, on June 16, she could open the birthday exhibition “The Faces of the Queen” at the the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød, in presence of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary. A few weeks later my Dutch royalty-friend, Wills of Koningsfan.nl, visited the exhibition and took some great photos, and I am allowed to share some with you.
The Faces of the Queen can be seen until 31 December 2020 and portrays the life of Queen Margrethe, her function and special interests. The first section of the exhibition is dedicated to the Queen’s relatives, background and upbringing. The next part of the exhibition is dedicated to the regency and the role of the Queen as a rallying figure in the Unity of the Realm. Finally, a special section is devoted to the Queen’s creative achievements in the fields of painting, textile and performing arts.
Eight decades of portraits and photographs can be seen in the Great Hall of the castle, as well as videos, costumes and other items. Simultaneously, until 27 September, there is also a display of official photographic portraits of the Queen from 2004 to the present day. This special exhibition is on dislay in the Princess’s Wing. The photos were taken by Per Morten Abrahamsen, Jacob Jørgensen and Torben Eskerod, and include the portraits on the occasion of her 80th birthday.