Queen Margrethe Leads Moment of Silence for Queen Elizabeth

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Denmark's Queen Margrethe and Britain's late Queen Elizabeth had much in common. Both queens ascended the throne at young ages, and both celebrated jubilees this year—Margrethe her Golden Jubilee, or 50 years on the throne, and Elizabeth her Platinum Jubilee, which marked 70 years.

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Photo credit: MADS CLAUS RASMUSSEN - Getty Images

This past weekend kicked off Queen Margrethe's pandemic-delayed Golden Jubilee celebrations, but the death of her friend Queen Elizabeth was top of mind for the Danish queen.

On Saturday, at a gala celebrating her Golden Jubilee, Queen Margrethe held a moment of silence to honor her friend Lilibet, and scaled back her celebrations out of respect.

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Photo credit: Dennis Oulds - Getty Images

"She has always been somebody I have admired. I also happen to know her very well, or fairly well anyway," Margrethe said of Elizabeth in 2012. "We are definitely affectionate, but I don't want to splash it all over the place," the Danish queen also once shared, revealing she calls the British queen "Lilibet" and Elizabeth called her "Daisy."

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Photo credit: IDA MARIE ODGAARD - Getty Images

"Your mother was very important to me and my family. She was a towering figure among the European monarchs and a great inspiration to us all. We shall miss her terribly," Margrethe recently wrote to King Charles III.

Though the list of attendees has yet to be confirmed for Queen Elizabeth's state funeral next week, it is likely that Queen Margrethe, along with other European monarchs, will be in attendance. Margrethe was in attendance for the Service of Thanksgiving for Prince Philip earlier this year.

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