Queen Margrethe II of Denmark abdicated the throne in favor of her son, Frederik, 52 years after her coronation. The Queen signed the announcement to step down from the throne today, Sunday, in Copenhagen, according to photos from Christiansborg Palace. The Queen had already announced in her New Year’s speech two weeks ago that she intended to abdicate the throne to make way for her son, Crown Prince Frederick.
Since Sunday morning, Danes have flocked to the Parliament building in Copenhagen to watch the Queen hand over the throne to her eldest son.
Margaret (83 years old) will be succeeded by her eldest son, Crown Prince Frederick (55 years old), in the first voluntary abdication of the throne in nearly nine centuries.
Margaret surprised the nation, with a population of about 6 million people, on New Year’s Eve when she announced her decision to abdicate the throne after 52 years as queen, becoming the first Danish queen in nearly 900 years to voluntarily give up the throne, according to a Reuters report.
No coronation ceremonies
The official waiver ceremony is scheduled to take place at two o’clock in the afternoon, Sunday, local time (13:00 GMT) in Copenhagen. The Queen, who has been on the throne for a long time, is scheduled to sign the announcement of stepping down during a meeting with the government, according to the German News Agency.
The Crown Prince and his wife are scheduled to leave the Royal Palace at 12:35 GMT in a 1958 Rolls Royce. Margaret (83 years old) will follow them a few minutes later in a horse-drawn carriage to take her final royal tour through the streets of the capital.
The new monarch will take the title of King Frederick X, and is expected to deliver a speech to the nation.
There will not be a coronation ceremony, as happened in Britain, but the inauguration itself will take place at approximately 1:00 GMT, which is the moment when Queen Margaret will sign her abdication document. This will happen during a meeting of the Council of State in Parliament, in which the government, Frederick, and his eldest son, Christian (18 years old), the next heir to the throne, will participate.
About an hour later, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen will announce the inauguration of the new king on the balcony of Parliament, and Frederik will deliver a short speech before riding the horse-drawn carriage back to the palace with his wife.
People from all over Denmark flocked to the capital, indicating the enormous popularity enjoyed by the royal family. Anna Karina Laursen (59 years old) told Reuters news agency: “The royal family means everything that is Danish.” “It’s fairy tales and traditions.”
* Lover of sports and rock music
Frederik graduated from Aarhus University in 1995 with a Master’s degree in Political Science. He is the first member of the Danish royal family to complete his university education.
Frederick differs from his mother in many ways. While the Queen has a creative spirit and a great passion for art and high culture, the heir to the throne is a rock music fan and sports enthusiast, has participated in several marathons, is an Ironman and went on a months-long dog sled expedition across Greenland.
Frederick said in previous statements: “I do not want to lock myself in a fortress. “I want to be myself, a human being,” and he insisted that he would adhere to that even after assuming the throne, according to the BBC.
Official authority in Denmark rests with the elected parliament and government. The king is expected to remain aloof from partisan politics, and represent the nation in traditional duties ranging from official visits to National Day celebrations.
* The new queen
Frederick met his wife, Princess Mary, in Sydney during the 2000 Olympics, and she was a lawyer.
Princess Mary once said in an interview that she did not know that he was the Prince of Denmark when they met.
The Crown Prince’s wife, Princess Mary, 51, is from Australia and is set to become the new queen, and is known for her commitment to global women’s rights and sustainability.
The couple are seen as a lively couple, and they have four children, including new Crown Prince Christian.
The latest opinion poll conducted after the Queen announced that she would abdicate the throne indicated that 82 percent of Danes expected Frederick to achieve success in his new role, while 86 percent expected the same for Mary, according to the Reuters news agency.
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