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Danish Queen turns 70

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Denmark’s Queen Margrethe has been celebrating her 70th birthday in Copenhagen.

While thousands turned out to join the festivities, the Danish monarch got an unexpected gift that almost ruined her big day: the travel chaos crippling Europe’s airspace meant many of her VIP guests missed out.

Britain’s Prince Philip and Spain’s King Juan Carlos were among the A-list invitees who could not make it.

Queen Margrethe’s powers are largely ceremonial. They include receiving foreign dignitaries and attending official public events.

There has been some talk among Danes in recent months that she should retire after 38 years on the throne, handing over power to her 41-year-old son, Crown Prince Frederik.

But the monarch told reporters ahead of Friday’s event: “I’ll continue as long as I have the power to do so.”

Margrethe became Queen on January 14, 1972, after the death of her father, Frederick IX.