Thursday, March 12, 2020

Queen Margrethe II cancels 80th birthday celebrations

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A release from the Danish royal house regarding Queen Margrethe II's 80th birthday celebrations, which have been canceled.

The Queen's 70th birthday celebrations were also

"Her Majesty The Queen has returned this evening from her annual winter holiday in Norway. In light of the spread of COVID-19 and the consequences of this for the society, The Queen has decided to cancel all of the Royal Danish House’s planned activities and events in connection with the upcoming 80th birthday in April. The royal family’s participation in other items on the official program in the coming weeks is also cancelled.

About the current crisis, The Queen states:

“Denmark and the international community stand in a very difficult situation right now.  We all have a special responsibility to show consideration for each other and together contribute to helping Denmark successfully get through the very big challenges the country faces. I therefore appeal that we all follow the government’s and the authorities’ directions and take care of each other.

I would like to direct a heartfelt thank you to the Danish healthcare personnel and the authorities, institutions, businesses and individuals displaying great decisive action and care for the Danish people so that we, together, can get through this difficult time.”

Upon arriving home in Denmark, The Queen has, as planned, taken up residence at Fredensborg Palace, where The Queen will remain for the time being."

Ten years ago,  a number of Queen Margrethe II's invited guests for her 70th birthday celebrations were unable to fly in for the birthday celebrations due to the ash from a volcano in Iceland, which led to closed airspace throughout the world.

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