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Queen Margrethe, Denmark’s unifying force, fetes 50th jubilee

Queen Margrethe, Denmark’s unifying force, fetes 50th jubilee

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Denmark on Friday fetes 50 years of Queen Margrethe II, an artistic, chain-smoking monarch who came to power in 1972 amid waning support for the royals but who is now beloved for her unifying presence. At 81 years old, the always elegant-Margrethe, with her trademark white-haired bun, is now the second longest-serving monarch in Danish history -- and the first woman to hold the position of reigning queen.© Tobias SCHWARZ Queen Margrethe, with her trademark white-haired bun, is now the second longest-serving monarch in Danish historyIn her five decades at the helm of the throne, she has sidestepped scandal and helped to modernise the institution, making the Danish royal family one of the most popular in the world. "When she became queen, only 45 percent of Danes were in fa...