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Friday, 18 February, 2000, 20:30 GMT
Queen 'Daisy' visits Scotland

Queen of Denmark The Queen of Denmark with First Minister Donald Dewar

The Queen of Denmark finished her visit to Scotland by accepting an honorary doctorate from Edinburgh University.

Her trip to the Scottish capital, which was part of a three-day state visit to Britain, has thrown up comparisons between her relaxed style and that of the Windsors.

Queen Margrethe had lunch at Edinburgh Castle with First Minister Donald Dewar before receiving the university honour.

Along with Prince Henrik, she laid a wreath at the Scottish National War Memorial and visited an exhibition about Greenland at the Royal Museum of Scotland.

If people think what I have done is a modernisation and they think modernisation is a good thing, then I certainly do not disagree
Queen Margrethe
"Gateway to Greenland" offers a rare insight into Eskimo art and culture by tracing the Eskimos' journey from their original homeland around the Bering Strait, eastward to Greenland.

It is on loan from the National Museum of Denmark.

Avoided scandals

Queen Margrethe is Europe's second longest reigning monarch after her host in Britain, Queen Elizabeth.

The visit, only her second since ascending the throne in 1972, highlights the differences between her relaxed style and that of the British royals.

Denmark's royal family is largely ignored by the country's domestic press and has so far avoided scandals similar to those which have dogged the House of Windsor.

Queen Margrethe The Danish royal keeps a low profile at home
Yet, unlike her British counterpart, Queen Margrethe gives interviews and holds regular news conferences.

She is also renowned for her warmth and spontaneity in public and is occasionally seen mingling with crowds on shopping trips.

In an interview with the BBC at the Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, Queen Margrethe, who perfected her English while studying at Cambridge University, spoke of her achievements as a contemporary figurehead.

'Question of size'

"If people think what I have done is a modernisation and they think modernisation is a good thing, then I certainly do not disagree," she said.

Known affectionately by her public as Daisy, she also gave her reasons why she believes the Danish monarchy is more popular than the British.

"I do have a patent answer, which is this question of size," she said.

"I think it's a very important factor because it is much easier to get around the country and to reach a large proportion of people if there aren't all that many of them.

"We're a smaller family too, which in a way, should make it more difficult - but again we're quite close."

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