COPENHAGEN – Thousands of people honored Queen Margrethe II of Denmark on Wednesday in Aarhus – Denmark’s second largest city –, as part of the monarch’s 75th birthday celebrations.
The queen paraded with Prince Regent Henrik through the city center in a carriage and finished her tour in front of the City Hall.
A few minutes after the end of the parade, she made an appearance on the balcony of the building along with her husband, her sons – princes Frederik and Joachim –, her daughters in law – princesses Mary and Marie –, and Aarhus’s mayor, to salute the more than 5,000 citizens who had gathered to congratulate her for her upcoming 75th birthday on April 16.
After a short reception and a luncheon with the authorities, the Danish royal family attended a gala at The Music House of Aarhus, a city located in the west of the country.
Celebrations will continue over the following week in Copenhagen, when several gala dinners, a music performance and a parade through the capital’s main streets are to take place.
The Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch and Belgium royal houses have confirmed their attendance to the events that will take place on April 15-16.