April 16, 2014
It is always fun and exciting to talk about birthdays, and it just so happens that today is the monthly birthday celebration at The Danish Home! I was reminded of this when I attempted to call Mormor this morning and there was no answer. I had to remind myself that the 3rd Wednesday of the month for her is a busy one (as are most days)! She has her fitness workout in the morning, then she’s on to the beauty shop to get ready for the afternoon birthday party.
Sometimes I think she’s busier than I am there at The Danish Home!
This just goes to show you how much the residents look forward to this festive monthly tradition, which I’ve talked about in a previous post. As I hear from Mormor and her friends, it’s always such a fun time!
I’d like to wish all Danish Home residents, and anyone else with an April birthday,
Tillykke med Fødselsdagen (Happy Birthday)!!
Speaking of others with April birthdays, today just so happens to be a festive day in Denmark, as their very own Queen Margrethe is also celebrating a birthday! Born on this day in 1940, Her Royal Highness (HRH) will celebrate her 74th birthday at her summer residence, Marselisborg Castle in Aarhus. Visitors will be allowed to enter the palace garden to congratulate the Queen on her special day. After the changing of the guards there will be music and the royal family will come out to greet the people. Last year the Queen celebrated her birthday at Amalienborg Palace, the Royal Couple’s winter residence in Copenhagen.
As in 2013, perhaps the crowd will again sing out,
“Margrethe, Margrethe, kom nu frem, ellers gar vi aldrig hjem”
(“Margrethe, Margrethe, come on out, or we will never go home!”
I touched on life of the Royal Family and The Queen a bit back in a December post, but here’s more about Her Royal Highness’s early life:
Princess Margrethe Alexandrine Þórhildur Ingrid was born at Amalienborg Palace as the first child of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Ingrid of Denmark. She was later joined by her two sisters Princess Benedikte (in 1944) and Princess Anne Marie (in 1946). Being that there was not a male heir, in 1953, after it was apparent that Queen Ingrid would have no more children, a constitutional amendment was made which allowed women to inherit the throne. Nineteen years later, on January 14, 1972 Margrethe II succeeded her father upon his death. Read more about her absolutely fascinating life, and that of her family, here.
When I think about the Danish Monarchy today I also reflect on it through the eyes of Emma and the other founding ladies of The Danish Home. When Emma was born in Copenhagen in 1832 Frederik VI was the King of Denmark (he reigned from 1808-1839). In 1869, when she and her family came to America, current Queen Margrethe’s great-great grandfather, Christian IX, was King (reigned from 1863-1906). There is just so much history and intrigue with the Danish Monarchy, and so many connections between it and that of The Danish home! There’s is just so much more to discover about all of these unbelievable connections!
For a list of Danish Monarchs dating back to the beginning you can visit here.
What a lovely day, sharing the Danish Home birthdays with that of the Queen of Denmark. It is a very royal day indeed!
Do you know someone with an April birthday ? Leave a comment to wish them
Tillykke med Fødselsdagen!