The Queen of Denmark's Ruby Jubilee

HM The Queen of Denmark celebrated forty years on the Danish throne (her Ruby Jubilee) back in January. A series of celebrations took place across Denmark to commemorate the occasion.

The Ruby Jubilee began on a somber note with a visit on January 14, the official anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne, to the graves of the Queen's parents, King Frederick IX and Queen Ingrid, at Roksilde Cathedral in Copenhagen. The actual day of the Queen's accession incidentally is also the date of King Frederick's death. This small memorial service was attended by the late King's children and grandchildren, who make up the Danish and Greek royal families and the princely family of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Burleburg.

The ceremony began with the King's three daughters laying individual wreaths across their parents' graves.

From left: Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Princess Benedikte (the Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Burleburg), and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece lay wreaths at the graves of their parents, King Frederick IX and Queen Ingrid of Denmark.

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, and Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Burleburg, King Frederick's three elder grandsons, then placed a joint anchor-shaped wreath on their grandparents' graves.

The jubilee celebrations continued with a lavish dinner gala a few days later held at Christiansborg Palace. Guests included the Queen and Prince Consort of Denmark, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark, Prince Joachim of Denmark, the King and Queen of Greece, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Greece, Princess Theodora of Greece, Prince Philippos of Greece, the Prince and Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Burleburg, and other members of the Queen's close family. The Kings and Queens of Sweden and Norway also attended the gala.