Monday, June 11, 2012

M – 40 å på tronen (M – 40 Years on the Throne

“M – 40 å på tronen”, by Jens Andersen.  (Lindhardt og Ringhof, Denmark. 508 pages, illustrations throughout the text, many in colour.  Text in Danish.

Elizabeth II isn’t the only Queen celebrating a jubilee this year.  In Denmark they have been celebrating the 40th anniversary of the accession of Queen Margrethe and, to mark the event, this lovely book celebrates her reign.
In building up a picture of the Queen, and also the relationship between the Danish people and the monarchy over the past 40 years, Jens Andersen has spoken to the people who know her best – including Queen Margrethe herself.  Other contributors include The Prince Consort, her sons, her sister Princess Benedikte and Queen Sonja of Norway, with whom Queen Margrethe enjoys a close friendship. He has read her speeches, spoken to politicians, artists and historians to give a rounded portrait of the Danish monarch. The Queen’s thoughts on a variety of subjects such as feminism, language, sport and culture are included, as are accounts of her state visits and her interest in art (there are some wonderful illustrations of  Queen Margrethe at her easel), which she shares with Queen Sonja.
It’s a great shame that the text is only in Danish, as this book deserves to reach a wider audience but for those who can’t read it the photos more than compensate, including many that I have never seen before.
This is a good all-round portrait of a much loved monarch. 

Coryne Hall

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