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Queen Margrethe of Denmark poses with her son Crown Prince Frederik in newly released portraits

Three generations of Danish royals: Queen Margrethe poses with her son Crown Prince Frederick (51) and grandson Prince Christian (14) in portraits on her 80th birthday

  • The three photos were taken by photographer Per Morten Abrahamsen in 2019
  • Danish princes pose in Christian IX’s Mansion in Amalienborg in Copenhagen
  • Queen Margrethe’s birthday will pass by COVID-19 with little fanfare
  • Read more about how you can help people affected by COVID

New portraits of the Danish Royal Family have been released this week to celebrate Queen Margrethe of Denmark’s 80th birthday.

The three images, shared this morning with the household’s Instagram account, show Queen Margrethe posing next to her son Crown Prince Frederick and grandson Prince Christian, who is the heir apparent.

They were taken last year by photographer Per Morten Abrahamsen at Christian IX’s Mansion in Amalienborg in Copenhagen.

The Queen’s milestone birthday on April 16 will pass with very little fanfare, as the parties have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

New portraits of the Danish Royal Family have been released this week to celebrate Queen Margrethe of Denmark's 80th birthday. In the photo: the monarch with her son and grandson

New portraits of the Danish Royal Family have been released this week to celebrate Queen Margrethe of Denmark’s 80th birthday. In the photo: the monarch with her son and grandson

The snaps, shared this morning with the household's Instagram account, show Queen Margrethe posing alongside her son Crown Prince Frederick and grandson Prince Christian (above)

The snaps, shared this morning with the household's Instagram account, show Queen Margrethe posing alongside her son Crown Prince Frederick and grandson Prince Christian (above)

The snaps, shared this morning with the household’s Instagram account, show Queen Margrethe posing alongside her son Crown Prince Frederick and grandson Prince Christian (above)

One of the portraits shows Queen Margrethe, Prince Frederick and Prince Christian in the red drawing room in Christian IX’s mansion in Amalienborg.

Prince Frederick’s son and his wife Princess Mary, 14-year-old Prince Christian, are standing next to his grandmother as they hold hands.

The following image shows the three royals standing in the doorway of the Red Salon in Christian IX’s mansion, while the third shows the three generations in the Ridderzaal in Amalienborg.

From this floor, the Danish royal family traditionally steps onto the balcony on birthdays to receive the congratulations from the people of the castle square.

The images (above) were taken by photographer Per Morten Abrahamsen in Fall and Winter 2019 at Christian IX's Mansion in Amalienborg in Copenhagen

The images (above) were taken by photographer Per Morten Abrahamsen in Fall and Winter 2019 at Christian IX's Mansion in Amalienborg in Copenhagen

The images (above) were taken by photographer Per Morten Abrahamsen in Fall and Winter 2019 at Christian IX’s Mansion in Amalienborg in Copenhagen

However, this year’s frost birthday celebrations have been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Instead, Queen Margrethe has asked her citizens to send flowers to older neighbors or relatives who need to show their courage.

“The Queen receives flowers from far and wide every year on her birthday,” said a statement from the palace.

“This year calls on the Queen to send a bouquet to one of the many seniors who face particular difficulties during this time.”

The milestone birthday was originally to be marked with a carriage procession, reception at Copenhagen City Hall and a private dinner and dance at Fredensborg Castle.

Frederick, Crown Prince of Denmark, 51, isolates with his wife Princess Mary and their four children in Fredensborg Palace (photo)

Frederick, Crown Prince of Denmark, 51, isolates with his wife Princess Mary and their four children in Fredensborg Palace (photo)

Frederick, Crown Prince of Denmark, 51, isolates with his wife Princess Mary and their four children in Fredensborg Palace (photo)

Instead, 170,000 people across Denmark have pledged online to sing for their queen in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, Per Morten Abrahamsen designed the portrait series with his research and proposals in mind, as well as the Queen’s wishes.

Per Morten Abrahamsen said: ‘I am very honored that the Royal Family has entrusted me with this task. Telling a story about the person you are photographing is critical to the success of the image.

“That I can understand what is coming and that a naturalness comes into view. In the group image of the Queen, Crown Prince and Prince Christian, for example, it was important that there was an interaction between the three generations.

“And it came up quite spontaneously when the queen put her arm on her son and grandson.”

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