Queen Margrethe's father was called the "Seafarer King". And was never averse to a bottle of rum before. In her new biography, the Danish Royal is now, for the first time, quite open about the bad previous alcohol abuse of the ex-king, who died in 1972.
This is how the Danish Queen experienced her addicted father
The book "Undervejs - Erindinger 1940-1972 - Dronning Margrethe" sheds light on the moving biography of the noblewoman. A major theme in it: her father's drinking problem, King Frederik IX. "It's really a topic I don't really feel like going into detail about. But yes, my father had alcohol problems for a few years,” quotes the “Gala” from the work. Margrethe, as she describes, grew up in a “rather big house”. Her two sisters and she, according to the royal, always had earlier than the parents ate. And apparently it also went to bed earlier. It is obvious that this also served the purpose of keeping the alcohol escapades away from the children to some extent.
It was only years later that the Danish royals spoke about addiction
For a long time there was silence on the subject: "We only spoke about the alcohol problem years later. In hindsight, I can definitely see that there was something at some point, but I don't have a clear recollection of it."
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But apparently her father caught himself in the end. Probably also thanks to Margrethe's mother, Queen Ingrid, and her father's friends, Admiral Vedel and Prince Axel. According to the Danish royal, it was they who made him "pull himself up". Because of the good influence Frederik ended up not touching alcohol.