The chain-smoking Danish Queen who got Covid after Elizabeths funeral

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark revealed she had tested positive for Covid today (September 21) after attending Her Majesty's funeral earlier this week.

But the monarch, 82, is better known for her laid-back lifestyle that reportedly includes scoffing hot dogs and shopping at Lidl – not the usual behaviour you'd expect from royalty.

One of her most famous attributes is her love of smoking – according to some reports she has even been known to light up as many as 60 a day.

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Several years ago the royal was snapped leaving a Lidl supermarket, sipping on a carton of apple juice and smoking, all the while clutching a hot dog.

A tweet at the time read: "The Danish Queen: The only queen in the world who walks straight out of Lidl drinking an applejuice, eating a sausage while smoking at the same time. Yep, we love our queen Margrethe."

The beloved Queen also had a bizarre passion for archaeology and speaks a whopping five languages – English, French, German, Danish and Swedish.

Born in 1940, Margrethe Alexandrine Þórhildur Ingrid is the great-great granddaughter of Queen Victoria – making her Queen Elizabeth II's third cousin.

The two reportedly shared a tight bond for decades, both loving dogs and calling each other by the adorable nicknames "Daisy" and "Lilibet".

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Margrethe came to the throne in 1972 and her ascension was historic, as previously only men had been allowed to rule.

As a princess she was extremely popular and married French diplomat Henri de Laborde de Monpezat in 1967. The couple share two children, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim.

Now, following the death of her third cousin, she has become the longest-reigning monarch in Europe and is the only Queen Regnant – meaning she has sovereign powers, unlike Queen Consort Camilla – currently on the throne throughout the world.

She and Frederik attended Her Majesty's funeral together after his wife Princess Mary was reportedly "uninvited" after it was revealed her initial invitation had been a “regrettable error”.

However, despite the apparent snub, Queen Margrethe was even spotted shedding a tear as her cousin was laid to rest for the final time alongside her late husband Prince Philip.

It was revealed earlier today that the Danish monarch had contracted Covid – however, it isn't clear whether this was from the funeral itself.


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