Queen Margrethe II of Denmark was born 16 April 1940, as the eldest child of King Frederik IX and Ingrid of Sweden. She succeeded her father upon his death on 14 January 1972, becoming the first female monarch of Denmark since Margrethe I, ruler of the Scandinavian countries in 1375–1412 during the Kalmar Union.
Having been on the Danish throne for 43 years, she is currently the longest-reigning of the three Scandinavian monarchs. She is one of two queens regnant currently on the throne along with Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
Queen Margrethe assumed the appointment of Allied Colonel-in-Chief of The Queen’s Regiment on 27 June 1972, and this appointment was transferred to the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment on their formation day, 9 September 1992. Her Majesty assumed the appointment of Colonel-in-Chief on 25 February 1997, the role having been previously assumed by Her Royal Highness Diana, The Princess of Wales.
As Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiment, Her Majesty maintains a keen interest in the activities and achievements of all the battalions. She generously donates time each year from her busy schedule to either visit a battalion, or host social events for members of the Regiment in Copenhagen or London.
The Regiment takes every opportunity to maintain its relationship with the Danish Royal Household, and Armed Forces, particularly the Royal Life Guards. This includes Commanding Officers’ audiences with Her Majesty, regular social exchanges of personnel with the Royal Life Guards, and shared operational deployments in both Iraq and Afghanistan.