Ex-Queen of Denmark, Margrethe, Clinches Costume Designer of the Year Award for Netflix’s ‘Ehrengard’ After Surprise Abdication

Ex-Queen Margrethe Earns Acclaim for Costume Design in Netflix’s ‘Ehrengard: The Art of Seduction’

In a remarkable turn of events, the former Queen of Denmark, Margrethe, has garnered acclaim and a prestigious Robert Award for her exceptional work in costume and set design for the Danish Netflix film, ‘Ehrengard:

The Art of Seduction.’ This achievement comes just weeks after her unexpected abdication, showcasing a lesser-known facet of her talents.

A Royal Revelation on Instagram

Margrethe, who surprised the world with her abdication announcement on December 31, took to Instagram to share her gratitude and pride in receiving the Robert Award.

The ex-queen expressed deep appreciation for the industry’s recognition, emphasizing the joy and pleasure she experienced contributing to the film’s artistic expression.

Childhood Aspirations and Artistic Pursuits

While many may be unaware of Margrethe’s creative inclinations, her journey into the world of art began in childhood.

As a young princess, Margrethe attended the Royal Theatre in 1948, witnessing August Bournonville’s ballet Napoli, which left a profound impression.

Initially, Danish law restricted women from the throne until Margrethe was 13, altering her life’s course.

Despite becoming Queen in 1972, Margrethe maintained her passion for art.

Artistic Resurgence: From Academia to Ballet Design

After pursuing a diploma in prehistoric archaeology and studying at various prestigious institutions, including the University of Cambridge and the Sorbonne, Margrethe’s artistic spirit rekindled.

Inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, she returned to drawing in her 20s. Margrethe’s involvement in ballet as a scenographer and costume designer commenced in the mid-1980s, where she contributed to annual ballet performances and showcased her creativity in productions like ‘A Folk Tale.’

Professional Contributions to Ballet and Theater

The former queen’s artistic endeavors extended beyond amateur productions as she collaborated on professional projects.

In 1987, Danmarks Radio’s TV theatre enlisted her expertise for a TV production of H.C. Andersen’s fairy tale ‘The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep.’

Notably, Margrethe designed scenography and costumes for August Bournonville’s ballet ‘A Folk Tale’ in 1990.

Her influence expanded to Tivoli’s Pantomime Theatre around 2000, revitalizing small ballets and introducing innovative productions like ‘Love in the Dustbin.’

Ehrengard: The Art of Seduction and Margrethe’s Design Interpretation

Margrethe’s recent accolade stems from her involvement in Netflix’s ‘Ehrengard: The Art of Seduction,’ announced last year.

The film, set in the fairytale kingdom of Babenhausen, follows a captivating narrative involving love, schemes, and unforeseen consequences.

Margrethe, delighted to be part of the project, expressed her joy in interpreting Karen Blixen’s fantastic universe through découpages and costumes.

Streaming Success on Netflix

‘Ehrengard: The Art of Seduction’ is currently available for streaming on Netflix in Denmark, presenting viewers with an enchanting tale brought to life through Margrethe’s artistic vision.

The ex-queen’s transition from monarch to accomplished costume designer underscores the richness of her multifaceted talents and adds a new chapter to her legacy.

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