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Dachshunds with a Crown in Denmark

    “They are funny. They are clever. They do not take up so much space, and you get, so to speak, a complete dog the size of half a dog.”

    Königin Margrethe und Prinz Henrik von Dänemark mit den beiden Kurzhaardackeln Evita und Helike
    Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik of Denmark with their Smooth-Haired Dachshunds Evita and Celimene

    This is how Queen Margrethe II of Denmark described the character of her four-legged friends. In July 2012, the media had reported that the 14-year-old dachshund Lady Evita “died after a long time with declining health”. She was the personal farm dog of Queen Margrethe. Meanwhile a new dachshund called Helike has been introduced to the royal court. Helike is a gift from Margrethe’s husband, Prince Henrik.

    In a 2018 video of the Danish royal family, Queen Margrethe brings rice pudding to the goblins – “nits” in Danish – in the attic to keep them out of mischief. The monarch wears a jumper with a dachshund on it, whose back ends up on her back.

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