On January 14. 1972 King Frederik IX of Denmark died and Crown Princess Margrethe became Queen Margrethe II. She was proclaimed Queen from the balcony of Christiansborg Palace by Prime Minister Jens Otto Krag on 15 January 1972.
The Queen chose the motto: God’s help, the love of The People, Denmark’s strength.
Margrethe II was the second female ruler in the history of Denmark since Queen Margrethe I in the years 1375 to 1412.