Posted by: hdoubt | September 23, 2012

Tivoli Gardens and the Queen of Denmark

On Thursday of last week, myself and the rest of the crew decided it would be a great night to head to Tivoli Gardens. Tivoli is the world’s second oldest amusement park and is one of Copenhagen’s most famous attractions. Tivoli is filled with wild rides, green oases, gourmet food, and rock concerts – and much more. Tivoli is one of the oldest existing leisure gardens that arose in Europe in the 18th century. In fact, Tivoli provided Walt Disney invaluable input and inspiration for the creation of the first Disney park, “Disneyland” in California. And the famous Danish fairy tale writer, Hans Christian Andersen, was inspired by Tivoli when he wrote “The Nightingale”. It truly is like a miniature Disneyland and is absolutely stunning at night with everything lit up.

Now for those of you who don’t know, I can’t say I’m a guy that likes his rides. Thus, me and a couple others (who are just like me when it comes to rides) enjoyed the other nuances of Tivoli. I enjoyed a nice waffle with ice cream while others had chocolate filled crepes! They were absolutely delicious. We also spent time exploring the park where we ran into various live musical acts along the way!

One thing we didn’t think we would see was what we saw towards the end of the night. As me and the other couple of us were walking along we noticed an elderly woman walk by us with a security guard in front of her and behind her. She smiled at us and we took notice, but didn’t really think anything of it until I had sudden flashback as to what the Queen looked like. I said to the group, “that kind of looked like the Queen!” We all thought about it for a second, and with that we started to stalk behind her (I think the security guards noticed). The woman went into the building where a ballet was taking place, and after talking to the doorman, sure enough we found out it was the Queen of Denmark! Queen Margrethe II. Here is some information if you want to know more about her: Image

Margrethe II, sometimes anglicised as Margaret II is the Queen regnant of the Kingdom of Denmark. As the eldest child of King Frederick IX and Queen Ingrid of Denmark, she succeeded her father as the Queen of Denmark following his death in 1972. On her accession on 14 January 1972 she became the first female monarch of Denmark since Margaret l, ruler of the Scandinavian Countries in 1375–1412. Margrethe was born in 1940, however she did not become the heiress presumptive until 1953, when a constitutional amendment allowed women to inherit the throne. On 14 January 2012, Queen Margrethe II celebrated her Ruby Jubilee for her 40th year on the throne. The same year as Queen Elizabeth ll marked her Diamond Jubilee! 

One thing we regret was not getting a picture of her, but hey, that is the the first royalty I have ever seen – that’s good enough!

It was an overall great night out and I will be sure to travel back to Tivoli for Halloween and Christmas – two major events for the Gardens. 

Have a great week and enjoy some pictures! (They don’t do the Gardens justice!) 

Fun Fact #5: Copenhagen became capital of Denmark in 1167, when Bishop Absalon founded the city. Over the following years herring fishing brought great wealth to Copenhagen and, under the reign of King Christian IV in the 17th century, the city grew to become the important regional capital it remains today. With a population of 1.9 million, it is the largest city in Scandinavia.

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  1. Uncle Bill says no way…where’s the merry go round?! Looks like a lot of fun
    xoxo aj

  2. Loving the blog Hunter! The pictures look incredible! It was nice talking with you the other day 🙂

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