Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Thursday, 16 April 2020

The Queen of Denmark at 80

Today is the 80th birthday of the very splendid Queen of Denmark. She is not only an exemplary monarch but also a talented artist with a degree in archaeology and robustly stands by her beliefs and habits.

As with yesterday’s birthday of the King of the Belgians I am copying and sharing the post from Royal Central about the Queen and her birthday:

Happy Birthday Queen Margrethe!
The Queen of Denmark turns 80
Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark, marks her 80th birthday on April 16th 2020. Royal Central has been celebrating and looking back at some of the milestone moments in her historic reign.
Touching tributes to 'dear Daisy' from Europe's royals
Find out just how much Margrethe means to her royal relatives as they share their birthday wishes. And there was music for this artistic queen - see how she reacted to a special serenade.
Portraits of a Queen
The Danish Royal Family has shared lots of new portraits to mark Queen Margrethe's special birthday. They've included touching personal links as well as historic images of a monarch and her heirs. They were all taken by Per Morten Abrahamsen - you can enjoy the birthday photos here.
Margrethe's grandchildren send sweet messages
They couldn't be with Margrethe because of the coronavirus pandemic but her grandchildren still celebrated in style. The Danish queen is a doting granny - enjoy our gallery of the family through the years.
Celebrating the Queen they call Daisy
From unexpected heir to hugely popular monarch, Margrethe's story continues to fascinate. Why not listen to our podcast about the Queen they call Daisy and read our special features on Margrethe.

No comments: