European royals turn out in force to celebrate Queen Margrethe of Denmark’s golden jubilee – and pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth by observing a minute’s silence before the gala

  • Queen Margrethe II of Denmark marked 50 years accession to the throne 
  • European royals from Norway, Greece and Sweden turned out to celebrate
  • A large gala was held in the Royal Theatre of Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen
  • A minute’s silence was held in honour of Queen Elizabeth who died this week

European royals have turned out in force to celebrate the golden jubilee of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

A gala was held in Copenhagen to mark her 50 years on the throne – as she now becomes the world’s longest-serving female sovereign following the death of Queen Elizabeth. Only Hassanal Bolkiah – the Sultan of Brunei – has served longer.   

Royals from Norway, Greece, Sweden and other countries were present at the event, along with leading European dignitaries. 

Queen Margrethe II also observed a minute’s silence out of respect for the late Queen Elizabeth. 

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark greets guests during the 50th anniversary of her accession to the throne at the Danish Royal Theatre in Copenhagen

Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece arrived at the venue, looking resplendent in their finery

King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway arrived in their royal regalia to mark the golden jubilee in Copenhagen on Saturday

Greece’s Prince Philippos and Princess Nina seem in good spirits as they arrive to show their respect for their fellow royal 

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark herself looked incredibly happy as she welcomed guests at the theatre. 

Wearing a stunning red gown and adorned with jewels, she was also more than happy to pose for photographs.

The monarch, who has reigned now for 50 years, must have been relieved that that gala went ahead.

Several planned events for her were cancelled this weekend following the death of Queen Elizabeth. The Danish Queen was sure to pay her respects to Elizabeth at this event, however.

And on social media, she posted a message requesting a minute’s silence before festivities started.

The event was packed with fellow European royals, alongside members of the Danish royal family. 

Among them were Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark and Carlos Morales Quintana, and King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark arrives for a command performance in a stunning red gown and jewels 

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is now the world’s longest-serving female monarch

The Queen seemed in good spirits as she attended the event, which was packed with European royals 

 Princess Isabella of Denmark stunned in a delicate gown and tiara as she joined her grandmother for her celebrations 

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and his wife Jenni Haukio arrive at that gala to celebrate the Danish monarch

Countess Alexandra (former wife to Prince Joachim of Denmark and mother to Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix) arrives at the performance

King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia arrive for a command performance at the Royal Theatre’s Old Stage

Princess Benedikte (right) and Queen Anne-Marie (left) arrive for the joyous performance to celebrate the queen 

The Swedish royal couple – King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia – were some of the European royals present

Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark and Carlos Morales Quintana arrive at the performance

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark with Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine attending Service in Our Lady’s Church for the Queen her 50th Jubilee of Government in Copenhagen

Pictured: Crown Prince Frederik, right, and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, fourth right, with Prince Christian and Princess Isabella of Denmark arrive for the performance

Denmark’s Princess Benedikte and her sister Queen Anne-Marie of Greece arrive to the command performance

Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark and Mathew Kumar look in bright spirits as they pose for a photograph

Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen, Danish Minister for Culture, and her husband arrive at the 50 year anniversary party 

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