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Celebrating Queen Margrethe II’s 76th birthday

It was a birthday celebration fit for a Queen!

Princess Mary Prince Frederik Queen Margrethe

Saturday the 16th of April marked the Queen of Denmark’s 76th birthday, so to celebrate the special occasion, members of the Danish royal family came together.

Taking a break from the celebrations, the family stood on the balcony of the Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen.

Crown Princess Mary was seen waving and flashing her pearly whites, wearing a stunning magenta coat adorned with a glittering broach over a white blouse and a black skirt.

Standing alongside her, was her handsome hubby, Crown Prince Frederik, who looked more than happy to be celebrating his mother’s milestone birthday.

The couple’s four children, Prince Christian, 10, Princess Isabella, eight and their youngest, five-year-old twins Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent also joined in with their grandmother's festivities, smiling and waving to the crowd.

They grow up so fast!
They grow up so fast!
The Danish royals gave a cheerful wave for their ruling monarch.
The Danish royals gave a cheerful wave for their ruling monarch.

The family were joined by her majesty herself, who stepped out to acknowledge and thank onlookers, wearing a bright blue dress and long matching coat.

Prince Henrik, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie were also in attendance.

It’s been a big week of proceedings for Prince Frederik and Princess Mary, who grew up in Tasmania.

Queen Margrethe was a vision in sky blue.
Queen Margrethe was a vision in sky blue.

On Wednesday, the Crown Princess braved the April chill to welcome the Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto and his wife, Angelica Rivera to Helsingor, to Denmark.

Later that evening, the Australian-born royal and her husband attended a formal state banquet at Fredensborg Castle, to officially welcome the Mexican President and the first lady.

To honour Queen Margrethe II on her 76th birthday, Enrique Peña Nieto stood to deliver a message of praise in a touching speech.

Princess Mary donned a stunning recycled Jesper Hovring gown for the formal gala dinner, along with her [favourite new tiara - which happens to be fashioned from an old necklace!](http://www.womansday.com.au/royals/royal-style/princess-mary-transforms-favourite-necklace-into-tiara-14913|target="_blank")
Princess Mary donned a stunning recycled Jesper Hovring gown for the formal gala dinner, along with her favourite new tiara - which happens to be fashioned from an old necklace!

“Denmark is an advanced country led by a great woman: Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II,” he said in his native tongue.

“Thanks to your political vision and sensibility, the Danish people rally around you and have respect [for you]. The people recognise their [the monarchy’s] intellectual background, artistic talent and their willingness to help Danes.

The Spaniard continued, “Their international leadership and ability to bring the Danish people together is recognised throughout the world.”

Donning a chic ombre coat, the brunette beauty stood with her handsome beau, Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark as they welcomed the couple.
Donning a chic ombre coat, the brunette beauty stood with her handsome beau, Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark as they welcomed the couple.

The Danish monarch celebrates her day of birth just days before Queen Elizabeth II turns 90.

“That is an extraordinary occasion, isn’t it?” Queen Margrethe said to the Telegraph of the British monarch, who is her long-term friend.

“She’s wonderful. I really admire the way she has lived her life, the way she continues to live her life. She’s so dedicated and she has a marvellous sense of humour.”

“I’m lucky enough to know her privately and I do enjoy that sense of humour.”

Watch Queen Margrethe chat candidly about Queen Elizabeth in the video player below!

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