Today is my birthday, but last week was Queen Margrethe of Denmark's 75th birthday; a lot more important in many ways so let's just focus on that event rather than mine...
Many people gathered outside her home in Copenhagen, Amalienborg Palace, to wish her a happy birthday. Typically, her guards play music in front of her window in their full celebrative attire, then Margrethe comes out on her balcony to wave at the citizens, with her sons and their families doing the same on the adjacent balconies. They then go back in after a few minutes when their right arms start aching, probably have a glass of bubbly and come back out a second time but this time the Queen shares her tiny balcony with all the family - yes it does get crowded on that tiny balcony. When you see the size of the palaces at Amalienborg and then look at the balconies it is easy to imagine that the architect must have been decapitated - it clearly is a flaw in the design. I would be well upset to have such a small balcony. But enough about me and what I want :)
This whole scenario happened a third time - and maybe even a fourth time but I stopped counting after the second time.
Queen Margrethe is very popular in Denmark so needless to say it was very busy and thousands of people of all ages gathered for this event. I compiled a few photos...
I think everything is ready now and the crowd is feel enthusiastic so let's bring in the centre piece of this ceremony, the Queen! Click for part 2!