As dictated by Eden Chapman.
“One day I went to skole. Just one lesson before lunch, my teacher told me that we were going to go to the Queen’s Castle! After lunch, we went and stood in the courtyard of Ammelienborg Slot (castle). At exactly 12:05 Queen Margrethe came out with her son, daughter-in-law, two grandchildren, and husband. They all waved at us. We waved paper Danish flags and said “Hurah! Hurah! Hurah!.” (Danish spelling) It was the Queen’s birthday!
Many people in Denmark came. All of her royal guards wore red and white shirts, blue pants, and tall bearskin hats and marched in a parade with instruments. We marched behind them. It was really cool and fun. The End.”
Mom would like to add the following editorial comments: Eden also told me that they learned the Danish birthday song, but that they did not sing it at the Slot. Only the Danish Reception class (the class for non-English speakers) got to go on this outing. The rest of the skole stayed behind, so it really was a special treat.
Margrethe’s family has been the monarchy for over a thousand years, going back to the time of the Vikings. She was born in Amalienborg Slot in downtown Copenhagen, which is actually 4 palatial manor houses connected by gates and gardens. Her parents had no male children, and the monarchy was going to pass to an uncle, when the country changed the constitution to allow female heirs to take succession of the throne. Queen Margrethe is the first woman to be crowned queen by blood, and not by marriage in Denmark. She is much loved by the people, and goes progression throughout the country, wintering in one part and spending the summer in another so that she can be near all her people. (She moves from one palace to the other in her royal yacht! In spite of all the palaces, the monarchs here seem to be pretty low-key. For her birthday she appeared in a business suit, not a gown. This even handedness is common in Denmark because of the Jante Law which basically says “we are all equal. no one should act like they are above the other.”
If you like to read things online, there is an English-language paper that comes out once a week, the Copenhagen Post