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Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark since 1972

 Posted by Germain Laroche
Germain Laroche
, June 22, 2014 at 18:16:53 :: Denmark

Denmark royal palaceMargrethe II (sometimes anglicised as Margaret II) (born 16 April 1940) is the Queen regnant of the Kingdom of Denmark. She is the eldest daughter of King Frederick IX and Queen Ingrid of Denmark. In 1967, she married Henri de Laborde de Monpezat, with whom she has two sons: Crown Prince Frederik (born 1968) and Prince Joachim (born 1969). When her father, Frederick IX, died in 1972, Margrethe succeeded him as Queen of Denmark and became the first female monarch of Denmark since Margaret I, ruler of the Scandinavian countries in 1375–1412 during the Kalmar Union.

In January 2012, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark has been marking the 40th anniversary of her succession to the country's throne. The main events took place on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 January 2012.

The Kingdom of Denmark is a constitutional monarchy and sovereign state consisting of the country of Denmark in northern Europe and two autonomous constituent countries, the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic and Greenland in North America. The Kingdom of Denmark has an estimated population of 5,671,000 inhabitants.

The Queen's main tasks are to represent the Kingdom abroad and to be a unifying figurehead at home. She receives foreign ambassadors and awards honours and medals. The queen performs the latter task by accepting invitations to open exhibitions, attending anniversaries, inaugurating bridges, etc.

As an unelected public official, the Queen takes no part in party politics and does not express any political opinions. Although she has the right to vote, she opts not to do so to avoid even the appearance of partisanship.

After an election where the incumbent Prime Minister does not have a majority behind him, a “Dronningerunde” (Queen's meeting) between the chairmen of each of the Danish political parties attends a meeting with the monarch.

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Denmark, Roskilde Cathedral

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 25, 2013 at 05:33:17

Location Island of Sjaelland, City of Roskilde, Sealand Region, Denmark
Coordinates N55 38 32 E12 4 47
Property 0.40 ha
Date of Inscription 1995

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/695 )

Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, this was Scandinavia's first Gothic cathedral to be built of brick and it encouraged the spread of this style throughout northern Europe. It has been the mausoleum of the Danish royal family since the 15th century. Porches and side chapels were added up to the end of the 19th century. Thus it provides a clear overview of the development of European religious architecture.

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Roskilde Cathedral

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Denmark, Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 25, 2013 at 05:20:55

Location Vejle Commune, Region of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Coordinates N55 45 23 E9 25 12
Property 4.96 ha
Date of Inscription 1994

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/697 )

The Jelling burial mounds and one of the runic stones are striking examples of pagan Nordic culture, while the other runic stone and the church illustrate the Christianization of the Danish people towards the middle of the 10th century.

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Jelling Church Harald's runestone, Jelling Mounds Gorm's runestone, Jelling stones

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Denmark, Greenland, Ilulissat Icefjord

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, March 29, 2013 at 08:25:13

Location West coast of Greenland, Bay of Disko Bugt (bight), Municipality of Ilulissat, Denmark
Coordinates N69 7 60 W49 30 0
Property 402,400 ha
Date of Inscription 2004

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1149 )

Located on the west coast of Greenland, 250 km north of the Arctic Circle, Greenland’s Ilulissat Icefjord (40,240 ha) is the sea mouth of Sermeq Kujalleq, one of the few glaciers through which the Greenland ice cap reaches the sea. Sermeq Kujalleq is one of the fastest (19 m per day) and most active glaciers in the world. It annually calves over 35 km3 of ice, i.e. 10% of the production of all Greenland calf ice and more than any other glacier outside Antarctica. Studied for over 250 years, it has helped to develop our understanding of climate change and icecap glaciology. The combination of a huge ice-sheet and the dramatic sounds of a fast-moving glacial ice-stream calving into a fjord covered by icebergs makes for a dramatic and awe-inspiring natural phenomenon.

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Ilulissat Icefjord Ilulissat Icefjord

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Denmark, Kronborg Castle

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 04, 2009 at 06:38:58

Location Island of Sjaelland, City of Helsingör, County of Frederiksborg, Denmark
Coordinates N56 2 20.004 E12 37 15
Type Cultural
Date of Inscription 2000

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/696 )

Located on a strategically important site commanding the Sund, the stretch of water between Denmark and Sweden, the Royal castle of Kronborg at Helsingør (Elsinore) is of immense symbolic value to the Danish people and played a key role in the history of northern Europe in the 16th-18th centuries. Work began on the construction of this outstanding Renaissance castle in 1574, and its defences were reinforced according to the canons of the period's military architecture in the late 17th century. It has remained intact to the present day. It is world-renowned as Elsinore, the setting of Shakespeare's Hamlet.

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Kronborg Castle

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