Queen Elizabeth II’s cousin – and the only remaining queen in Europe – had to dial back her own anniversary this weekend following the death of the elderly monarch.
Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II, 82, was due to pull out all the stops to mark her 50-year reign but has had to cancel much of her Golden Jubilee, which had already been postponed due to COVID-19, according to The Sunday Times.
A carriage ride in Copenhagen on Saturday was canceled and a Sunday lunch with members from other Scandinavian countries was to have a celebratory, not solemn, tone, according to the British newspaper.
Today Margrethe is Europe’s longest-serving monarch. The chain-smoking queen was a third cousin of Elizabeth, and the two were close, the article said.
They reportedly called each other by their nicknames “Lilibet” and “Daisy,” and Elizabeth would take Margrethe out to lunch whenever she was in London.
“Your mother was very important to me and my family,” Margrethe reportedly wrote to King Charles III. “She was a towering figure among European monarchs and a great inspiration to us all. We will miss her terribly.”
Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and his wife Mette-Marit, both 49, canceled a trip to the UK this week and Haakon’s father, King Harald V, 85, is said to have been particularly saddened by the death of Elizabeth, who was his deputy cousin, reported the outlet.
Sadness erupted from leaders across Europe as media coverage of the Queen’s high-profile and widely admired death dominated the entire continent, overshadowing politics and even war, the article said.
Relations between leaders in the UK and its historic rival France had been contentious lately, strained by Brexit and border crossings by migrants. However, the sense of grief was palatable across the Channel, where “little Princess Anglaise” made her first royal trip abroad while pregnant with the current king, according to the paper.
“To you, she was your queen. For us she was the queen,” tweeted French President Emmanuel Macron. “She will be with us all forever.”
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Tributes also came from Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who praised her for her conciliatory stance after World War II, and Polish President Andrzej Duda, who said Elizabeth was the “embodiment of everything that makes Britain really great”.
Even as war returned to the continent for the first time since 1945 after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, leaders paused to pay their respects to the 96-year-old who ruled England for more than seven decades.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy voiced his “thoughts and prayers,” while belligerent Russian President Vladimir Putin said she “rightfully enjoyed the love and respect of her subjects and authority on the world stage.”
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