Queen Margrethe of Denmark is all smiles as she attends the ballet in Copenhagen with Crown Prince Frederik and his family
- Denmark’s Queen Margretheattended The Nutcracker premiere in Copenhagen
- The monarch, who appeared to be beaming, was accompanied by other royals
- Crown Prince Frederik also went to the ballet with wife Mary and two of their kids Appearance follows news the family is getting on better following recent rift
Queen Margrethe of Denmark was snapped stepping out in Copenhagen last night to attend the premier of The Nutcracker.
The 82-year-old royal, who was photographed beaming, was accompanied by her son Crown Prince Frederik, 54, at Tivoli’s Concert Hall.
Also in tow were Frederik’s wife Crown Princess Mary, 50, and their two youngest children, 11-year-old twins Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent.
The Queen donned a controversial fur coat for the appearance, which she wore over a midi-length red satin skirt and black top.
Queen Margrethe beamed as she arrived at the re-premier of the ballet The Nutcracker in Tivoli’s Concert Hall in Copenhagen last night
Also attending the ballet were her oldest son, Crown Prince Frederik (left), his wife Crown Princess Mary, and their two youngest children, twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine
Her grey locks were swept back into her trademark chignon, and she wore natural make-up, punctuated with a bold red lip.
Opting for practicality and comfort, she wore black shoes with a very low heel, and a Mary Jane-style strap.
The Danish royal is a scenographer, and has designed costumes and sets for the Tivoli Ballet Theatre and the Royal Danish Ballet.
Meanwhile, Crown Princess Mary looked characteristically stylish, donning wide-legged grey trousers and a grey jumper, topped with a long blue overcoat.
Her brown tresses were styled into loose waves that tumbled past her shoulders, and her make-up was polished and natural.
Prince Frederik looked dapper in a two-piece navy blue suit, paired with a crisp white shirt, and red tie.
The royal donned pointed black flat shoes, and a red satin dress for her appearance as the ballet, as well as a controversial fur coat
Queen Margrethe (pictured) is a scenographer and designed costumes for the ballet performance
Queen Sonja of Norway also attended the ballet, and was snapped making her way into the hall wearing a warm black shawl over a black maxi skirt.
Their appearance comes amid reports that the monarch is starting to heal the rift with her youngest son Prince Joachim, 53.
The family has endured a public and protracted row in recent months, after Queen Margrethe announced she would be stripping Joachim’s four children of their princely titles.
In September, she revealed that Prince Nikolai, 23, Prince Felix, 20, Prince Henrik, 13, and Princess Athena, 10, would no longer be known as princes or princess nor as His or Her Royal Highnesses from 1 January 2023.
Instead, they will be Counts and Countess and be referred to as Their Excellencies.
Danish Crown Prince Frederik (left) and his family Crown Princess Mary (centre right) attended the ballet with their two youngest children Prince Vincent (centre left) and Princess Josephine
Crown Prince Frederik appeared to be in good spirits as he attended the event, which comes after months of a public rift in the Danish royal family
Tivoli’s CEO Susanne Morch Koch was photographed greeting Prince Vincent as he arrived at the ballet last night
Crown Princess Mary (centre) looked characteristically stylish as she stepped out in Copenhagen last night
Princess Josephine smiled as she shook hands with Tivoli’s CEO Susanne Morch Koch ahead of last night’s performance
Following her announcement, Joachim spoke to Danish publication Ekstra Bladet outside the Danish Embassy in Paris, where he lives with his French-born wife Princess Marie and his two youngest children, and said his four children had been ‘hurt’ by their grandmother’s decision.
The fall out led to several weeks of rowing, but earlier this month, it appeared the family has started to put the rift behind them.
As Queen Margrethe attended a Copenhagen City Hall celebration marking her 50-years on the throne, she was accompanied by Prince Joachim in a public show of unity.
Joachim was joined at the event by his second wife Princess Marie, 46, as well as his sister-in-law Crown Princess Mary and brother Crown Prince Frederik.
It marked the first time the Danish Queen, her sons and their wives were all seen at the same occasion after Joachim criticised his mother for stripping his four children of their royal titles.
Queen Sonja smiled widely as she made her way into the theatre, past soldiers dressed in classic Nutcracker costumes
Queen Sonja of Norway also attended the ballet, and was snapped making her way into the hall wearing a warm black shawl over a black maxi skirt
However, while each member appeared to smile for the camera, Joachim and Marie arrived separately from the Queen. Frederik and Mary, dressed in a statement blue coat and matching polka dot frock, also arrived on their own.
While the Royal Family members made sure to smile for the crowds gathered in front of the City Hall, local publication BT reported that none of them made a comment about the recent drama to the press as they walked past.
In October, the Royal Danish Household confirmed Margrethe and Joachim had sat down for peace talks to smooth tensions that had arisen from the monarch’s announcement.
Following the meeting, the palace confirmed that the monarch and Joachim want to ‘look forward’ and are trying to ‘find their way through’ their differences – however, Frederik did not attend the meeting at Fredensborg.
Out of a title: The four grandchildren who will no longer be TRHs
Nikolai of Denmark, 23: The Copenhagen Business School student and model regularly tops lists of the world’s most eligible bachelors. He lives in Denmark but has jetted around the world to walk for designers in Paris and London. Nikolai has also appeared on the cover of Vogue Scandinavia.
Felix of Denmark, 20: Following in his brother’s footsteps, Prince Felix has also had success as a model and has starred in an advertising campaign for Georg Jensen. He had a short stint at the Royal Danish Military Academy but quit after two months because it ‘wasn’t for him’.
Henrik, 13, and Athena, 10, of Denmark: The youngest of Prince Joachim’s four children, Henrik and Athena are the product of his second marriage to Princess Marie. They live with their parents in Paris.
Danish publication B.T. reported: ‘According to the Royal House, the Crown Prince was not part of the meeting’, with a statement from the palace reading: ‘The Queen and Prince Joachim have spoken together at Fredensborg. Everyone agrees to look forward, and as the Queen herself has expressed, she and Prince Joachim want calm to find their way through this situation.’
Elsewhere, Frederik recently spoke publicly for the first time since his mother announced that she would be stripping the prince and princess titles from Prince Joachim’s four children.
Heir to the throne Frederik had remained quiet since the announcement in September, but broke his silence to say: ‘It is sad to see how affected he has been by the decision.’
Speaking to Danish publication B.T. the father-of-four denied his brother’s claims that they’re not speaking and insisted that they have been in ‘constant’ communication.
Prince Joachim and Princess Marie have, on the other hand, previously claimed that they have not spoken to the Crown Prince or his wife Princess Mary during the crisis and that the relationship with them is ‘complicated.’
In October, Frederik appeared for the first time at a public event since his mother announced her decision and according to the Danish news outlet, he repeated several times that he supported the Queen and has had ‘lots of communication’ with his younger brother.
He said: ‘I am in continuous contact with my brother, I have always been funnily enough, so there is nothing new in whether I have been in contact with him. I am in continuous contact with him.’
Yet, he could not avoid addressing the ‘discrepancy’ in the royal family regarding the titles of Prince Joachim’s children, which he labelled a ‘family matter.’
Frederik said: ‘It is sad to see how affected he has been by the decision.’ But he went on to back the Queen’s wishes, despite understanding his brother’s position.
The Crown Prince explained to the publication that he is invested in the Danish monarchy remaining ‘lean over time,’ and so backed his mother’s decision.
Frederik explained that the monarch made the decision alone because it is what she wants. He said: ‘She thought now was the time to make a decision that I also support and see as the right thing to do.’
Queen Margrethe initially explained that the decision had been taken for her children’s own sake but later said that it was also about securing the future of the royal house
Prince Joachim (pictured) speaking after his mother’s announcement said that his children were upset and that he was only given five days notice regarding the decision
The Crown Prince did reflect on the effect that this has had to his younger brother and insisted that they had been in contact, but said that this was a family matter to be kept private.
However, Joachim and his family publicly disagreed with the Danish Queen’s decision to strip his children’s titles; both he, Marie and Countess Alexandra of Frederiksborg, who is Joachim’s first wife and mother to Nikolai and Felix, told the press that their children were ‘upset’ by the Queen’s decision.
The decision does not affect Frederick’s children with his wife Mary; Prince Christian, 16, Princess Isabella, 15, and twins Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent, 11.
Earlier this month, speaking to B.T., Joachim and Marie, the mother of Joachim’s youngest children, spoke about how the decision had affected their youngsters, revealing that their daughter Athena was being bullied at school after the news was publicly announced.
‘They come and say (to Athena): Is it you who is no longer a princess?,’ she said, adding that her children were put under the public spotlight and so she feels the need to defend them.
The Danish Royal Family tree. Prince Joachim’s children Nikolai, 23, Felix, 20, Henrik, 13, and Athena, 10, will all be losing their titles on January 1 2023
Queen Margrethe (pictured in blue) made the decision to strip princely titles from Prince Nikolai (left), Prince Felix (second from left), Prince Henrik (right) and Princess Athena (second from right). Also pictured: Prince Joachim and Princess Marie
Meanwhile, Joachim hit out at his mother’s decision, saying it ‘punished’ his children, as well as claiming he had only been told the news five days before it was made public – despite the Royal Household insisting the move ‘has been a long time coming’.
As tensions brewed within the Danish royal family, Queen Margrethe released an unprecedented statement in which she apologised for her announcement – however she insisted her decision was the right one.
The monarch admitted she had ‘underestimated’ the impact of her actions but said was ‘a long time coming’ and it had been made as ‘a Queen, mother and grandmother.’
The statement read: ‘In recent days, there have been strong reactions to my decision on the future use of titles for Prince Joachim’s four children. It obviously affects me.
‘My decision has been a long time coming. With my 50 years on the throne, it is natural both to look back and to look forward. Carrying a royal title entails a number of obligations and duties, which will in future be the responsibility of fewer members of the royal family.
It added: ‘This adaptation, which I see as a necessary safeguard for the future of the monarchy, I want to make in my time.’
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