Civil marriages, more openness and a royal family more at eye level with the people.
There are big changes with the royal family in the year in which queen Margrethe ii has been the monarch. And the changes will be even greater, when the crown prince one day take over, assess the kongehuseksperter.
When queen Margrethe the 16. april can celebrate its 80th birthday, she can look back on so far 48 successful years as Denmark’s regent – something that was not self-penned, since she took over the throne after his father in 1972.
It tells the historian Jon Bloch Skipper.
“Her point was that she took over the ‘family business’, as they call it, in the beginning of the 1970s. At the time there was some resistance against the royal family – and she was a very young woman in a very masculine institution,” he says, and adds:
“In addition, with two small children and a foreign man.”
He believes that the monarchy’s popularity is particularly due to the great efforts from the Queen, who has managed to give the role as monarch of a new impression.
“She has not been able to run on a free pass, she has not been able to afford. She has had some challenges but also some opportunities because of her sex, that could reddefinere the role. She has given the role a more personal and feminine expressions about art, culture and literature,” he says.
According to historian and kongehusekspert Lars Hovbakke Sørensen has, among other things, more transparency in the royal family, while Margrethe has been queen.
“It has become more informal and less exalted than it has been in the past. It is becoming more common and less special compared to the rest of society,” he says.
It is seen among others at the royal children’s schooling.
Where queen Margrethe the first year was taught at home at Amalienborg palace, went the crown prince Frederik and prince Joachim in a ‘regular’ private school.
And the crown prince has taken the step further and sent his children in a primary school.
Also in the choice of spouse is there has been a normskred.
in the past, royals married other royals or nobles, which was the case for both queen Margrethe and her sisters.
“You have gone over to it in order that you marry a civil – but preferably still with a citizen from abroad. But it could be that it changes in the next generation, so it does not need to be a from abroad,” says Lars Hovbakke Sørensen.
Both Jon Bloch Skipper and Lars Hovbakke Sørensen estimates that the future looks bright for the Danish monarchy.
But it will probably look a little different when crown prince Frederik of denmark one day becomes king.
“There is a huge difference between crown prince Frederik and queen Margrethe of denmark. She is a little more formal – he is a little more popular. She is the more intellectual of the queen that cares for art and literature. He is much more interested in physical exercise and sports,” says Lars Hovbakke Sørensen.
He believes, however, that it will not do anything with a new type of on the throne, since the monarchy will continue to appeal to all.