Queen Rides Rutschebanen, One of The World's Remaining Wooden Rollercoasters, at Tivoli Gardens

In Europe, it's not only Queen Elizabeth II who is celebrating a significant milestone in her reign this year, her third cousin too also shares a milestone. Queen Margrethe II.

The Danish monarch marks her 50th year on the Danish throne this year. She ascended the throne in 1972 following the death of her father, King Frederick IX. But due to COVID-19 restrictions, several events have been postponed.

However, lately, as the government's rule on coronavirus eases, the Danish royal family began attending public events on the occasion of Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee celebration.

The Queen of Denmark tries Rutschebanen

On Friday, the 82-year-old Danish monarch visited Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen and tried Rutschebanen wooden rollercoaster, Tivoli's oldest ride! 

Launched in 1914, Tivoli's Rutschebanen is one of only seven wooden roller coasters in the world that's still operating today, and where a brakeman is on board.

The wooden rollercoaster ride is one of the most popular rides in Tivoli Gardens because of its interesting mechanism. It is still operated by a brakeman who controls the ride by braking so that it does not gain too much speed during the descent in the hills. 

According to Tivoli's official website: "It is suitable for all ages but young children must be accompanied by an adult - and you really feel the surge in your stomach".

Rutschebanen wooden rollercoaster

Greatly admired the Queen's courage and sense of adventure! Imagine at the age of 82, wearing her heels, glamorous hat, and hot pink coat dress, she braved the rollercoaster adventure and barely squealed! 

Tivoli Gardens, which opened in 1843, is the world's third oldest theme park that's still operational today. The others are Dyrehavsbakken also in Denmark, and Wurstelprater in Vienna, Austria.

Watch Queen Margrethe tries Rutschebanen rollercoaster ride

Tivoli Ballet Concert

On Saturday night, the Danish working royal family members - The Queen, The Crown Prince Couple (Frederick and Mary), Prince Joachim and Princess Marie, and The Queen's sister, Princess Benedikte, were invited to attend a ballet gala in the Tivoli Concert Hall.

HRH Princess Benedikte

Sponsored by Tivoli, the ballet gala was organized to mark Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee celebration. The ballet gala featured dancers from Hamburg Ballet, Royal Ballet in London, Paris, and New York.

TRH Prince Joachim and Princess Marie

TRH The Crown Prince couple

Tivoli Amusement Park is one of Denmark's national treasures and one of Europe's most visited amusement parks annually. It is the second most visited seasonal park in the world after Euro Park.

HM The Queen

Tivoli Amusement Park. Photo: Visit Copenhagen.com

It was heavily damaged during World War II when Nazi sympathizers burned most of its buildings because King Christian X refused to side with Germany. But it was reconstructed following the end of WWII, restoring its original charm.

Walt Disney had been one of its frequent visitors in the past, which inspired him to create his own magical world, Disneyland.

Video clip and photos credit: Danish royal family official instagram

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