Denmark's aging queen to resume most duties next month
Denmark's Queen Margrethe II, whose half-century reign makes her Europe's longest-serving monarch, is expected to resume most of her official duties on her 83rd birthday next month, the palace said Thursday.
The palace said, Margrethe underwent back surgery on Feb. 22, and her "physical rehabilitation is going well, but there will continue to be a number of major tasks that (she) cannot carry out as planned in the coming months."
Some of the official engagements will likely be handled by other members of the royal family, chiefly Margrethe’s oldest son, heir to the throne Crown Prince Frederik, and his wife, Crown Princess Mary.
For her birthday on April 16, Margrethe plans to appear on the balcony of the Amalienborg, the downtown Copenhagen home of the Danish royals, to receive the cheers of well-wishers.