Two other kings fared better. Five years after Hitler's motorized armies swarmed into Denmark, King Christian X emerged from his self-imposed retirement at Amalienborg and returned to his capital. The long night of German occupation was over.

Down beflagged streets jammed with half a million cheering Danes drove the sternly smiling monarch and the royal family. Inside ancient Christiansborg Palace, in a ceremony devoid of pomp but charged with emotion, the King ceremoniously opened the new Parliament convened by Premier Vilhelm Buhl. More than once his voice almost broke.

Premier Buhl's coalition Cabinet...

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