Danish Queen To Design Movie

Day job: Queen of Denmark. Side project: Netflix set designer.

Margrethe II, the Queen of Denmark and commander-in-chief of the Danish Defense, will supply set designs for Ehrengard, a new Netflix film which Danish Oscar winner Bille August (Pele The Conqueror) will direct.

This is not the Queen’s first commission. Margrethe is an accomplished painter and illustrator — her drawings, published under the pseudonym Ingahild Grathmer — were used for Danish editions of The Lord of the Rings back in the early 1970s, and she has designed costumes for productions at the Royal Danish Ballet, as well as for Danish films and television series.

R.I.P., Ed Asner

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