Queen Margrethe undertakes first engagement since abdication

By Johannes Jansson/norden.org, CC BY 2.5 dk, Wikimedia Commons

Queen Margrethe has undertaken her first engagement since abdicating the throne in January.

The Queen opened the Prince Henrik School on 7 February.

Construction on the Frederiksberg school began in 2021, and Princess Marie was on hand to lay the first sod at the school’s new buildings.

The school has two sculptures outside the building that were donated by the late Prince Henrik.

She was greeted by many children waving Danish and foreign flags and was escorted into the building by the chairman of the school’s property fund, Anders Torbøl, and the French Ambassador to Denmark Christophe Parisot.

Schoolchildren performed music for the Queen and representatives spoke to those assembled.

Later, Queen Margrethe unveiled a statue of Prince Henrik in the school, created by artist Hans Pauli Olsen. She then received a tour of the school from director Carl Engelsen of the Institut Français and viewed an exhibit by Leïla Guinneffoleau. During the tour, she spoke to architects Nils Holscher and Lars Overbeck and engineer Maud Hilduberg to hear about the school’s construction.

The Queen spent time in a 6th-grade classroom where students were learning French; they recited “Eblouissements d’enfant,” a poem by Prince Henrik.

The Prince Henrik School is an international school that began as an embassy school. It has students from ages three to 18 and was named after the late consort in 1989.

This was Queen Margrethe’s first solo engagement after her 14 January abdication and the events surrounding it.

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