Queen Margrethe II of Denmark has been hired as set designer for a new Netflix film, it has been announced.
The 81-year-old royal, who is the reigning Danish monarch, will design the sets for an adaptation of a romantic fantasy novel by Out of Africa’s Karen Blixen, one of Denmark’s most internationally recognized female authors.
Queen Margrethe, who ascended the Danish throne in 1972, has had a long career as an artist; she has sketched the illustrations for the Danish editions of Lord of the Rings and has enjoyed exhibitions at galleries including the Arken Museum of Modern Art in Ishoj, southwest of Copenhagen.
Queen Margrethe of Denmark (she appears to be working on the film in the photo) has been hired as a set designer for a new Netflix film, it has been announced
The Netflix movie, Ehrengard, won’t be the monarch’s first movie title either.
She was hired as production designer for the 2009 fantasy fairy tale The Wild Swans and for the short film adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen in 2000.
Queen Margrethe II said: ‘Karen Blixen’s stories have always fascinated me, with their aesthetic stories, their imagination and their, to me, imaginative worlds – and I am very happy to be part of this project.
‘You feel that the author was a visual artist, just like HC Andersen. But who is Ehrengard? One of Karen Blixen’s intriguing female characters and one of the few whose story ends well.
The intrigue weaves in and out, and Blixen spins her spinning tops around the characters until we (and she) are totally stunned. How is the riddle solved?
The 81-year-old royal (pictured), the reigning Danish monarch, will design the sets for an adaptation of a romantic fantasy novel by Out of Africa’s Karen Blixen, one of Denmark’s most internationally recognized female authors
“I have tried to interpret Blixen’s fantastic universe in the creation of the decoupages and costumes and I look forward to seeing Ehrengard’s story come to life in this film.”
Ehrengard is set in the fairytale kingdom of Babenhausen, where a young self-proclaimed love expert, Cazotte, is hired by the scheming Grand Duchess to help her secure an heir.
While searching for a suitable future princess, Cazotte teaches the timid and introverted fictional crown prince the art of seduction and lovemaking.
But their plan soon backfires when an heir is conceived out of wedlock and the royal family is forced to take refuge in Rosenbad Castle.
Queen Margrethe was reunited with her son Crown Prince Frederik, 52, his wife Princess Mary, 49, and their children Prince Christian, 15, Princess Isabella, 13, and 10-year-old twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine (pictured together) for Easter
Here, as rivals within the royal family approach their plan, Cazotte himself falls in love with Ehrengard, the bridesmaid, and gradually learns that he is, in fact, no expert on love at all.
Developed over the past decade by Jacob Jørgensen and JJ Film, the film is directed by Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Bille August.
Since 1970, Queen Margrethe has been actively involved in a number of artistic expressions and is an honorary member of the Association of Danish Scenographers for her many years of work as a set designer in Danish film, television and theatre.
Director Bille August said, “The Queen has created the most fantastic decoupages for the occasion, and they will be the dominant feature of the film’s overall scenographic expression.”
Karen Blixen is best known for the works Seven Gothic Tales, Winter-Fairytale and Out of Africa, which was made into a movie in 1986, starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, and won seven Oscars.
Ehrengard will be released worldwide on Netflix in 2023.