Queen Margrethe of Denmark calls on her 8 adorable grandchildren to help celebrate her 76th birthday

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Queen Margrethe of Denmark had her whole family on hand to help celebrate her 76th birthday over the weekend. The monarch spent Saturday with her husband Prince Henrik and the couple's two sons Frederik and Joachim, but it was the queen's eight grandchildren who stole the show.

Surrounded by her adorable youngsters on the balcony of Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, Margrethe gave a warm wave and smile to well-wishers below.

The royal drew attention in her eye-catching, bright blue outfit, but her sweet grandchildren still managed to share the spotlight.

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Queen Margrethe was supported by her eight grandchildren

Posing on the balcony, the queen was flanked by her two eldest grandchildren – Prince Nikolai, 16, and 13-year-old Prince Felix, who are Prince Joachim's children from his first marriage to Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg. The former couple still continue to share joint custody of their sons.

Standing next to the queen was ten-year-old Prince Christian, who is second-in-line to the Danish throne after his father Crown Prince Frederik.

Christian's younger siblings Princess Isabella and twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, who have just turned five, also supported their grandmother.

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Princess Mary and Prince Frederik posed with their four children on the balcony

Completing the family celebration were Prince Joachim's two children with his second wife Princess Marie – Prince Henrik, six, and adorable four-year-old Princess Athena.

The royals took it in turns to pose on the balcony for family pictures. Prince Frederik and Princess Mary greeted the crowds with their four children, followed by Prince Joachim and Princess Marie with their two children and Joachim's two older sons from his first marriage.

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Princess Marie and Prince Joachim greeted crowds with their two children, and Joachim's two older sons

Margrethe also posed with her husband Henrik, who stood one step behind to ensure that all attention was on his wife.

Last year the Danish royals spent a week celebrating Margrethe's milestone 75th birthday. A glittering ball was held in the queen's honour, as well as ceremonial parades around Copenhagen.

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Prince Henrik stood back and made sure all attention was on his wife Queen Margrethe

Margrethe was joined by fellow European royals for her landmark birthday, including Queen Letizia of Spain, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and Queen Mathilde of Belgium among others.