President Pranab Mukherjee has conveyed his greetings and felicitations to the Queen of the Kingdom of Denmark Margrethe II, on her birthday April 16.
In his message, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government and the people of India and on my own behalf, I have great pleasure in extending warm greetings and felicitations to Your Majesty on the occasion of Your Majesty’s Birthday.”
Appreciating the Queen’s contribution in promoting friendly relations between the two countries Mukherjee said the two Governments will continue to work for further strengthening these close ties.
Interstingly, at the time of Margrethe II birth, only males could ascend to the Danish throne, however in March 1953 a new Act of Succession was passed which meant females could become Queen as long as they did not have a brother.
So at the age of 13, the young Princess became heiress presumptive to the throne.
On 14 January 1972, Margrethe succeeded the throne after her father King Frederik IX's passing and became the first female monarch of Denmark.