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The most iconic looks Queen Margrethe of Denmark wore during her reign

The most iconic looks Queen Margrethe of Denmark wore during her reign
Denmark's Queen Margrethe
Denmark's Queen Margrethe reigned from 1972 until her abdication in 2024.Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images
  • Queen Margrethe of Denmark abdicated on Sunday, passing the throne to her son King Frederik X.

  • The queen worked as an artist and costume designer during her reign.

  • See the former monarch's most iconic fashion looks to date.

Denmark's Queen Margrethe abdicated on Sunday after 52 years on the throne.

The former monarch, 83, announced her intention to pass the throne to her eldest son, King Frederik X, during her annual New Year's Eve speech.

Although she didn't reveal a specific reason behind her decision, she said she underwent back surgery in February, prompting her to consider the future of the Danish monarchy.

Margrethe was crowned in 1972 at the age of 31 following the death of her father, King Frederik IX.

The royal is known for her daring fashion sense, having recently been praised for her eccentric and unique wardrobe by The Telegraph's senior fashion editor Caroline Leaper.

This won't be surprising to those who are aware of her work as an artist and costume designer. Margrethe has been an accomplished artist since the 1970s; she drew the illustrations for a reissued edition of "The Lord of the Rings" in 1977, according to the Danish royal website. More recently, Margrethe designed the set and costumes for the Danish film, "Ehrengard: The Art of Seduction," in August 2023, Town & Country reported at the time.

Here are the most iconic outfits worn by Margrethe during her reign.

In one of her first appearances after becoming queen in 1972, Margrethe wore a floor-length dress with a scoop neckline and a royal sash.

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Queen Margrethe was crowned in 1972.Bettmann/Getty Images

She wore her hair in an updo with a glittering tiara and accessorized with a statement necklace.

In 1974, Margrethe wore an extravagant ballgown with capped sleeves and a voluminous skirt, accessorizing with opera gloves and a tiara.

Queen Margrethe and Queen Elizabeth II with their husbands, Prince Hendrik and Prince Philip
Queen Margrethe and Queen Elizabeth II with their husbands, Prince Hendrik and Prince Philip, in 1974.Keystone/Getty Images

The Danish royal wore the look to a state banquet at Windsor Castle with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

At the wedding of Prince Joachim and Princess Alexandra in 1995, the queen wore a bright-orange coatdress with a fur-lined collar and sleeves with matching orange heels.

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Queen Margrethe attends the wedding of Prince Joachim and Princess Alexandra in 1995.Antony Jones/Julian Parker/Getty Images

She styled her hair in an elegant bun and accessorized with diamond and ruby earrings, bringing the look together with a bright-red lip.

During a visit to Japan in 1998, Margrethe wore a pink off-the-shoulder gown with dramatic ruffled sleeves, a pearl and diamond necklace, matching drop earrings, and a tiara.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Empress Michiko of Japan
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Empress Michiko of Japan attend a State Banquet at Fredensborg Palace in 1998.Julian Parker via Getty Images

The gown was designed by Jørgen Bender, according to Vogue.

The queen proved to be a fan of florals over the years. In 1999, she wore an off-the-shoulder gown adorned with poppies and a handful of other flower prints.

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Queen Margrethe pictured in 1999.Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

She also wore layered pearl necklaces, a white clutch bag, and styled her hair in a slicked back bun.

In 2004, Margrethe wore a dress with green-and-blue ruffled sleeves and a blue sash.

Queen Margrethe attends a palace reception in 2004
Queen Margrethe attends a palace reception in 2004.Tim Graham/Getty Images

She accessorized with emerald jewelry, including a statement necklace, a pendant brooch, drop earrings, and a tiara.

The queen wore a corset dress with an off-the-shoulder lace neckline during a visit to Japan in 2004.

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Queen Margrethe is photographed during a state visit to Japan in 2004.Julian Parker/Getty Images

She completed the look with silver pumps, a silver clutch bag, a diamond choker necklace, and drop earrings.

She wore a floral dress and a handbag adorned with the same design, paired with a pink coat to the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik and Mary Donaldson in 2004.

Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik 2004
Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik arrive at the wedding of then-titled Crown Prince Frederik and Mary Donaldson in 2004.Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Margrethe rounded off the look with a floral diamond headpiece, a statement necklace, drop earrings, and a matching brooch. She inherited them from her mother, Queen Ingrid of Denmark, in 2000, according to The Court Jeweller.

In 2015, Margrethe wore a green floor-length gown with a fur coat and emerald jewels.

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The Queen of Denmark attends a New Year's Eve reception in 2015.Julian Parker//UK Press via Getty Images

The queen rewore the same statement emerald necklace, earrings, and tiara that she previously wore in 2004.

It's not known whether the queen's coat is real or faux fur. The Danish royal house did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the matter.

In one of her most memorable looks to date, Margrethe wore a colorful floral-pattern raincoat with oversized yellow pockets and a matching hat.

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Queen Margrethe in 2017.Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images

The queen designed the coat with Danish fashion designer Jørgen Bender, using material from a tablecloth that she purchased in London in 1995, the Daily Express reported in 2023.

At a New Year's banquet in 2023, Margrethe wore a long-sleeved, floor-length gown with her signature fur coat and tiara.

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Queen Margrethe attends a New Year's banquet on January 1, 2023.Ole Jensen/Getty Images

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