Queen Margrethe of Denmark designed all the costumes and sets for a new production of The Nutcracker:
Backstage at the Tivoli theatre, someone was rustling around the Christmas tree. Tinsel was being tweaked; baubles adjusted, and presents primped as the set designer ensured that everything was perfect before the curtain rises.
"And then I remembered that the woman crawling around the Christmas tree was actually the Queen of Denmark," said Michael Revie, a ballet dancer from Northern Ireland, who is dancing the role of the prince of the Sugar Plum Fairy. "It was quite surreal."