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Danes sing for Queen on her birthday

16.04.2020  22:39
Over 100,000 Danes sung the country's birthday song for Queen Margrethe II at midday on Thursday, after her 80th birthday celebrations were cancelled as a result of the coronavirus lockdown.

The event, organised by the group singing organisation Danmark Synger (Denmark sings), has gained 191,170 members since it was launched on March 26. It was also broadcast on Denmark's two national television stations and livecast on Facebook

 

The country's popular Queen followed the event from the sofa of her living room in Denmark's Fredensborg Palace. "Thanks for the song. It was truly a fantastic experience. It went straight to the heart," she said in a short statement to public broadcaster DR after the performance was finished. 

 

The sing-a-long was led by musicians from the Copenhagen Phil symphony orchestra, the singer Thomas Buttenschøn, and 130 selected children and adults, with Danes encouraged to join in from their homes, workplaces or schools. 

 

As well as Denmark's birthday song "Idag er det Dronningens fødelsedag" (Today, it is The Queen's birthday), the performance also included "Solen er så rød mor" (The sun is so red, mother) "I Danmark er jeg født" (I was born in Denmark), written by Hans Christian Andersen, and the Kim Larsen song "Papirsklip", or Paper Chain.

 

"We think it went really, really well. It attracted more than a million viewers I guess, and a lot of schools and neighbours got together," Stine Isaksen, from the organisation Sångens Hus which helped organise the event, told The Local. 

 

"For example, if you stand on your balcony or outside in the garden, we hope you will be able to hear the neighbours singing along." 

 

On the Queen's birthday, there is a tradition that well-wishers travel to Copenhagen's Amalienborg Palace to sing the birthday song, Isaksen told. 

 

Well-wishers can leave their congratulations digitally on the Royal Court's website. Margrethe II will give a birthday address to the nation at 7pm, the court announced early today in a press statement.


Source: www.thelocal.dk


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