Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II made her first public appearance since undergoing major surgery two months ago.
The 82-year-old Queen was photographed carrying a walking stick as she entered Fredensborg Castle in Denmark on Wednesday, nearly two months after undergoing “extensive back surgery” on Feb. 22.
In a video posted to the Danish royal family’s official Instagram account, Queen Margrethe walks out of the castle doors and waves to the crowds holding flaming torches. She was also helped by a chair placed at the top of the stairs.
“In the glow of hundreds of torches, Her Majesty the Queen was recently welcomed home to Fredensborg Castle by the townspeople,” the caption of the video read.
“Since 1988, the city of Fredensborg has organized a torchlight procession in connection with the relocation of the residence to the North Zealand castle,” it continued. “At the evening’s event, Her Majesty thanked her for the welcome and sang along with those present to ‘Der er et Yndigt Land’ [the Danish National Anthem].”
According to Tatler, Queen Margrethe will resume official duties on April 16 — her 83rd birthday.
In a February 22 update, the Danish Royal House announced that Queen Margrethe’s surgery was a success.
“Her Majesty the Queen has today undergone extensive back surgery at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen. The operation went according to plan, and the Queen’s condition is good and stable under the circumstances,” the Danish Royal House said in a statement. “In the coming time, the Queen will continue to be hospitalized at the Rigshospitalet, and after that a longer period of convalescence and rehabilitation of the back awaits.”
The procedure was announced two weeks before the operation, noting that Queen Margrethe had long suffered from back problems.
“Her Majesty has been suffering from back problems for a long time, and the situation has recently worsened,” the Danish Royal House said in a statement on Feb. 8. “The Queen has decided to undergo major back surgery after consulting with experts at Rigshospitalet.”
Queen Margrethe’s team also stated that several members of her family would take on additional responsibilities in her absence while she was in the hospital.
“This means that in the near future, a number of official program items will be postponed, canceled, or handled by other members of the royal family,” courtiers explained.
During Queen Margrethe’s recovery, her son, Crown Prince Frederik, and her younger sister, Princess Benedikte, served as regent.
Following the death of her third cousin, Queen Elizabeth II, in September at the age of 96, the royal became the longest-serving European sovereign and the only ruling female monarch in Europe.