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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark:

The most important thing for me and my family is to try to be a unifying factor for our country and our people

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark Celebrates 40 Years on The Throne - Balcony Views General view of the Danish Royal Family and other royal guests on the balcony to celebrate Queen Margarethe II of Denmark's 40 years on the throne at Amalienborg Royal Palace, 15 January 2012, Copenhagen

Queen Margrethe II about the role of a monarch

It is a gradual process of preparation. Father was not the sort of person to sit down and lecture me or give longer discourses on what had to be done and how. It was a slow process of the same type that I have tried to practice with the Crown Prince when he was younger. It is not something that can be learnt by heart and imposed.

Queen Margarethe II of Denmark and Prince Henrik of Denmark make an appearance on the balcony to celebrate the Queen’s 40 years on the throne at Amalienborg Royal Palace

Known affectionately as “Daisy,” the Queen is widely popular, with a poll last month showing that nearly eight out of 10 Danes are in favour of their monarchy.

Princess Marie of Denmark, Prince Jaochim of Denmark, Princess Mary of Denmark and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark make an appearance on the balcony to celebrate Queen Margarethe II of Denmark's 40 years on the throne at Amalienborg Royal Palace, 15 January 2012, Copenhagen

King Carl Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Silvia of Sweden (C) make an appearance on the balcony to celebrate Queen Margarethe II of Denmark's 40 years on the throne at Amalienborg Royal Palace

Constantine II of Greece and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece (R, 2nd R) make an appearance on the balcony to celebrate Queen Margarethe II of Denmark's 40 years on the throne at Amalienborg Royal Palace

General view of the Danish Royal Family and other royal guests on the balcony to celebrate Queen Margarethe II of Denmark's 40 years on the throneof at Amalienborg Royal Palace on January 15, 2012 in Copenhagen

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