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Queen Magrethe Hosted Luncheon Aboard the Royal Yacht With Nordic Heads of State

The weekend events of the Queen's Golden Jubilee in Denmark continued on Sunday, September 11, with a church service at Our Lady's Church, attended by her extended family and the Nordic royals, King Harald V of Norway and his wife, Queen Sonja, and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and his wife, Queen Silvia.

However, the celebrations were largely scaled down and modified at the request of Queen Margrethe II in respect to the mourning period in Britain for her cousin, Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Thursday, September 8.



The church service was attended by the same royals who were present at the gala performance at the Royal Theater. Government leaders, mayors in Denmark and Greenland, and other leading organizations also attended the service.

Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark and her fiance, and her brother, Prince Philippos

The Queen attending the church service

The church service was followed with a luncheon aboard the Royal Yacht, Dannebrog hosted by Her Majesty The Queen to selected guests, as part of her Jubilee week events. 

Princess Benedikte and Queen Anne-Marie

Her Majesty invited her royal cousins, the Swedish and Norwegian kings and their respective wives, as well as presidential couples from Finland and Iceland, in addition to the members of her family, for the luncheon aboard the royal yacht.

 Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and their three children

Prince Joachim, Princess Marie and their two children plus Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix on their way to the royal yacht

The Royal Yacht sailed for a short trip to Oresund, known in English as the Sound, is a strait which forms the Danish–Swedish border, separating Zealand from Scania.

Crown Princess Mary and her son, Prince Christian made their way to the Royal Yacht for the Queen's luncheon

Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, her husband, and sister Princess Nathalie
The Greek royals also part of the guests

King Carl XVI Gustaf is Queen Margrethe's first cousin through King Adolf VI Gustaf of Sweden, while King Harald V of Norway is her second cousin through King Christian X of Denmark. But they are all third cousins through Queen Victoria of Britain.

Queen Sonja, King Harald V, Queen Margrethe, King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia aboard Dannebrog

King Harald V of Norway, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden

The Royal Yacht Dannebrog serves as the official and private residence for HM The Queen and other members of the Royal Family when they are on summer cruises in home waters or on official visits overseas.

The Queen's weekend jubilee celebration will wrap up in the evening of Sunday with a gala night dinner at Christianborg Palace. Royals are expected to wear their sparkling tiaras again. We will feature it next.

Source: Royal House of Denmark website

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