Queen Margrethe II to bring Karen Blixen’s ‘image-creating worlds’ to life in Netflix film

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Ehrengard is a fairy-tale by the famous Danish author Karen Blixen, perhaps best known for her book Out of Africa. That book was subsequently made into a film in 1985, starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. The Danish Queen, a talented artist, will work as set designer on the upcoming new film, which is due for release in 2023.

The 81-year-old will be responsible for the scenography and costumes.

In a statement the Danish monarch said: “Karen Blixen’s stories have always fascinated me, with their aesthetic tales, their imagination and their, to me, image-creating worlds.

“I’m very happy to be part of this project.”

She added: “I have tried to interpret Blixen’s fantastic universe in the creation of the decoupages and costumes and I’m looking forward to seeing the tale of Ehrengard come to life in this film.”

Queen Margrethe has put her artistic skills to use on many previous occasions.

She has designed her own dresses, ceremonial garments for the Danish bishops as well as costumes for theatrical plays.

The Queen’s most popular works include designs she made for the movie Wild Swans, based on a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, as well as her costumes for the Royal Danish Ballet’s production of A Folk Tale.

Queen Margrethe ascended to the Danish throne in 1972, in the process becoming Denmark’s first female monarch since 1412.

Besides her love of art, the Queen is an enthusiastic archaeologist, a passion she shared with her grandfather Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden.


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The Danish sovereign even studied the subject at Cambridge University.

While in the UK, she discovered some rare clay pipes from the Elizabethan Era in Hyde Park.

Later, she would venture to the deserts of Nubia, where she helped preserve the archaeological treasures of the Pharaohs before the Aswan Dam was built.

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