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Danish Queen Margrethe cheered on birthday

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Tens of thousands of people waving red-and-white Danish flags cheered Queen Margrethe Friday as she appeared on the palace balcony to mark her 64th birthday, flanked by members of the royal family, including Crown Prince Frederik and his Australian fiancee, Mary Donaldson.

Well-wishers shouting "hurrah" had gathered outside Amalienborg Castle for the customary changing of the guards that preceded Margrethe's birthday appearance.

Frederik and Donaldson will wed May 14 at Copenhagen's Lutheran cathedral.