The Secret Dinner Party Organized by Queen Margaret II's Descendants for 50 Years of Her Reign

The Secret Dinner Party Organized by Queen Margaret II’s Descendants for 50 Years of Her Reign

The day to celebrate the Queen of Denmark’s golden jubilee ended with a wonderful surprise for Margaret II. His two children, daughter-in-law and eight grandchildren booked a surprise dinner for him at Christian VII Palace in Amalienborg. For the occasion, a precious serving of Flora Danica was set on the table.

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Two children, daughter-in-law and eight grandchildren surprise Margaret II

A gala dinner was usually scheduled to welcome dignitaries from the Kingdom of Denmark and royal guests from all over Europe to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the reign of Queen Margrethe II. This gala dinner, as well as many other festivities such as balcony appearances, inauguration ceremonies and a carriage parade in Copenhagen, usually postponed to September 2022, have been canceled due to the health crisis.

The entire Danish royal family has gathered around Queen Margrethe II for a surprise dinner to mark her golden jubilee. Only Queen Anne-Marie of Greece is missing from the party (Photo: Keld Naventoft, Conghuset)

As a consolation, the sons and grandsons of Queen Margaret II secretly organized a more modest dinner, at least in terms of the number of guests. Crown Prince Frederick and Crown Princess Mary were present with their four children: Prince Christian, Princess Isabella and twins who celebrated their eleventh birthday a few days ago, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine.

Prince Vincent, Prince Nicholas, Prince Christian, Queen Margaret II, Crown Prince Frederick, Princess May and Princess Isabella at the table on January 14, 2022 (Photo: Keld Navntoft, Kongehuset)

Prince Joachim and Princess Mary have specially returned from France with their two children: Prince Henrik and Princess Athena. As for Prince Nicholas and Prince Felix, the two eldest sons of Prince Joachim, from his first marriage, they did not miss this dinner in honor of their grandmother with whom they were so close.

Finally, Princess Benedict, Margaret’s second sister, sat next to her nephew and, like all the other members of the family, wore the commemorative gold jubilee medal she had received earlier in the day. All court employees also received this ornament and wore it with pride during the service. Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, the second sister of Margaret II, has disappeared and was unable to travel to Denmark after her husband, King Constantine II, contracted the Corona virus.

Prince Felix, Princess Benedict, Prince Joachim, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Henrik, Princess Josephine and Princess Athena preparing for a meal (Photo: Keld Navntoft, Kongehuset)

The gala dinner was held in Christian VII’s Palace, one of the four buildings that make up the Royal Complex in Amalienborg, Copenhagen. The Queen lives in the Palace of Christian IX and the family of the heiress in the Palace of Frederick VIII, this palace, also called Moltke Palace, is usually used for receptions and welcomes guests.

Queen Margaret II was invited to Parliament in the morning, then she went with her family to the grave of her parents, King Frederick IX and Queen Ingrid, next to Roskilde Cathedral. So the square was free in Copenhagen to set up a beautiful table without her noticing. By observing the menus and boxes placed on the table, we see that they are accompanied by the monogram of the heir couple, indicating that Frederick and Mary are the formal organizers of this evening.

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Flora Danica has been in service for the first time over 30 years

Denmark’s most expensive service was used for the occasion. The Flora Danica has been neatly stored in cupboards (and displayed behind display cases) since 1990. It was used that year during a party organized for Queen Ingrid’s 80th birthday. It could have been used for Queen Margaret’s 80th birthday dinner, scheduled for April 2020 with European royal guests, but it was also canceled in the midst of the first wave of the health crisis.

Flora Danica’s service was out of this great event (Photo: Keld Navntoft, Kongehuset)

The Flora Danica service was created at the end of the 18th century by the Royal Porcelain Factory in Copenhagen. Plants and flowers typical of Denmark are hand painted and life-size on the pieces for this service. The name Flora Danica, which means “Danish flowers” in Latin, refers to the title of the book of the same name that lists all the flowers in the country.

This precious cutlery is made by Christian VII and will be the most expensive service in Denmark (Photo: Keld Navntoft, Kongehuset)

According to the Danish court, the service was commissioned by King Christian VII who wanted to present it as a gift to Empress Catherine II of Russia. Catherine II died in 1796, before the dishes were even finished. Then the Danish king continued his production but kept the dishes for his family. The service included 1800 pieces and there are still 1500 pieces. When the table service is not used, some items are displayed behind display boxes in parts of the Seventh Christian Palace that are open to the public or to guests. We also note the shimmering white tablecloth that reveals the elephant design associated with his sign, reminiscent of the symbols of the Order of the Elephant.

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Nicholas Fontaine


Nicolas Fontaine has been working as a freelance web editor since 2014. Having been a copywriter and author for various Belgian and French media and brands, he has specialized in Royal News. Nicolas is now the editor-in-chief of Histoires royales. [email protected]

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