We may have to start a new thread about QMII in general or a general biography thread, because a lot of anecdotes about her are going to trickle in from now until her birthday.
Here is a wonderful account by her very close friend Brigitta Hillingsø.
As you may recall the Hillingsø family are also close friends of M&F.
Their friendship started almost 70 years ago when they were both ten years old.
King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid brought little Margrethe along to visit the Hillingsø home, the estate Juelsberg on the island of Funen.
Here it is: http://www.danskeherregaarde.dk/uplo...sberg_1986.jpg
It isn't exactly a cottage!
Birgitta Hillingsø (BH) did not look forward to the visit!
"Firstly she was a princess and secondly she was from Copenhagen. I wasn't happy about the situation. That's for sure. And I didn't quite know how to handle such a thing."
BH took Margrethe out to the greenhouse where she kept a large collection of toads.
"I showed her the largest and fattest of all my toads. And she was allowed to touch it and hold it.
If she hadn't liked the toads then I don't know what would have happened."
Even though BH is not the oldest of QMII's friends, she was the one who was selected to go to high school at Amalienborg with Margrethe. The two of them studied alone there. So BH moved in at Amalienborg.
"They treated me as a part of the family and you quickly got used to the King being there. He was very large, but he was also very, very kind. I was never afraid of him."
At some point the two girls finished a subject they weren't keen on and Margrethe celebrated by standing on her hands, when their teacher left the classroom for a while.
But then he came back...
"And what did he see? He saw the Princess with her skirt handing over her head, you could see her girdle, her stockings and everything.
She quickly got down again and quickly got out the door. But my, how we laughed."
BH says about QMII:
"She is funny and clever. Really funny. You don't think so when you see her, but she has a huge glimmer in the eye. She has a sense of humor.
She a natural person. I don't think she has changed. I think she has done a job well done."
BH clearly remember how nervous QMII was when she was to give her first New Year speech and even though QMII by now has a lot of experience in that respect, BH can tell:
"I do think you can tell that she is a bit nervous, when she is sitting there."
BH is the mother of M&F's very close friend, Ellen Hillingsø.