Flags were flown at half-mast at Amalienborg Palace, the home of the Danish royal family in Copenhagen, on Friday, September 9, in tribute to the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II, who died in Scotland on Thursday.
In a letter to King Charles III on Thursday, the Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II, told him she had been “deeply moved” by the news of his mother’s death, telling him she "was very important to me and my family.
“She was a towering figure among the European monarchs and a great inspiration to us all,” wrote the Danish queen. “Throughout her reign, in times difficult as well as positive, she has played a crucial role as a unifying figure, highly respected and deeply loved,” she wrote.
Elizabeth’s reign of 70 years was the longest of any British monarch. At the time of her death, she was the longest-serving monarch in the world. Following Elizabeth’s death, Margrethe, who ascended to the Danish throne in January 1972, became the longest-serving monarch in Europe.
Several weekend events on the Danish royal family’s schedule, including a guard parade at the Amalienborg Palace planned for Saturday, were canceled or postponed “in light of the sad news,” the Danish royal family said on Friday. Credit: Ricky Vann via Storyful