DENMARK: Another Queen

Like their British cousins across the North Sea, the Danes believe in Queens. Above all, they honor their own Queen Margrethe (1353-1412), who united the crowns of Denmark, Sweden and Norway. "When men saw the wisdom and strength that were in this royal lady," the medieval Chronicle of Lubeck said, "wonder and fear filled their hearts."

Last week, on Denmark's Grundlovsdag (Constitution Day), King Frederik IX promised his people another Queen, another Margrethe. At Christiansborg Castle, he signed a new Constitution in which the succession—for the first time—is guaranteed to the female line, and specifically to his pert, 13-year-old daughter,...

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