Frederik’s Daughters Visit Grave to Mark 40th Anniversary

  January 14, 2012 at 6:09 am by

The three daughters of King Frederik IX of Denmark have visited his grave at Roskilde Cathedral this morning, Danish time, to mark the fortieth anniversary of the late King’s death in 1972.

TV2 Screencap

Queen Margrethe II, Princess Benedikte of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes were accompanied by their husbands and families a short while ago, travelling from Copenhagen to Roskilde, thirty minutes west of the capital, via saloon car.

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik were the last to arrive at the Cathedral, meeting up with the rest of the party inside the open-air monument where the graves of King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid are. The three sisters each laid a wreath of flowers on their parents’ grave, each wreath a different colour representing each individual sister – blue for Queen Margrethe, pink for Princess Benedikte and yellow for Queen Anne-Marie. According to TV2, these are the colours that the three women have used for years.

The three sisters then performed a synchronised curtsey, before their respective eldest sons – Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece – jointly laid a wreath in the shape of an anchor (the late King was a naval officer, and an anchor forms part of his tombstone) on behalf of King Frederik’s ten grandchildren.

Cameras were then turned away from the monument to allow the family some privacy.

VIDEO: Royals at Roskilde Cathedral

Queen Margrethe will continue with her jubilee celebrations later today, when she and Prince Henrik ride through Copenhagen in a coach to the town hall for a reception. This evening, joined by the Norwegian and Swedish royal families, a gala concert will take place at Danmarks Radio Concert House.

Click here to read more about the festivities as they continue.

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