Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary, Margrethe and Henrik!
Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik, the Prince Consort today celebrate their golden wedding anniversary (50 years of marriage) – tillykke!
The couple were married on June 10, 1967 at the Holmens Kirke in Copenhagen after getting engaged the previous October. The Bishop of Aalborg, Erik Jenson, led the wedding ceremony, which was attended by dozens of royals and nobles from around Europe (notably absent was the bride’s youngest sister, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, and her family – the Greeks did not attend the wedding at the behest of the Danish government).
Princess Margrethe arrived to the church in a horse-drawn carriage with her father, King Frederik IX, wearing a custom wedding gown from Jørgen Bender. Made of silk, it featured full-length sleeves, a square neckline, deep pleats at the waist and a six metre long train that fell from the bride’s shoulders. Down the front of the dress was an insert of heirloom lace that came from Crown Princess Margareta of Sweden, Margrethe’s maternal grandmother. A diamond brooch in the shape of a daisy given as a wedding gift to Queen Ingrid by her father, King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden, was pinned to the centre of the bodice.
Atop the bride’s head rested the Khedive of Egypt diamond tiara, another link back to Crown Princess Margareta. It held in place the Irish lace veil that all female descendants of the Crown Princess have worn on their wedding days. The Princess carried a bouquet of daisies and stephanotis.
Following the ceremony, Princess Margrethe and the new Prince Henrik were driven through the streets of Copenhagen back to Amalienborg Palace in an open-top carriage, waving to the cheering crowds that lined the cortege route. At the Palace, the newlyweds appeared on the Palace balcony alongside King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid, with a fly-past of the Danish Air Force rushing over the city. That evening, a gala banquet was held at Fredensborg Palace for 400 guests.Filed under Denmark
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