Danish Prime Minister Frederik
Denmark entered a new era when King Frederick X assumed the throne after the sudden abdication of his mother, Queen Margaret II.
For many in Denmark, Margaret was the only queen they had ever known. But her abdication, after more than five decades on the throne, paved the way for her son, former Crown Prince Frederick, to succeed her.
Frederick X assumes the throne of Denmark after the abdication of Queen Margaret
Queen Margaret II
Tens of thousands of people gathered in the streets of the Danish capital to greet Frederick and bid farewell to Margaret, who became the first Danish queen in nearly 900 years to voluntarily abdicate the throne.
At three o’clock in the afternoon, the doors of the Christiansborg balcony opened and the new king emerged waving, while he was met with huge cheers from the thousands standing outside and an explosion of silver confetti. The crowd, some wearing crowns and others drinking champagne, waved red and white flags.
He was joined by Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, who thanked the outgoing queen and praised the new king. “Long live King Frederik X,” she said.
Then it was the turn of the new king, who greeted his mother, wife and family, before the new Queen Mary joined him in white, followed by their four children: Christian, 18 years old, heir to the throne, Princess Isabelle, 16 years old, and twins Princess Josephine, and Prince Vincent, 13 years old.
In his first speech as king, Frederick said from the balcony: “I hope to become a unified king of tomorrow. It is a task I have approached all my life. It is a task I undertake with pride, respect and joy.”
Frederick had automatically become the new king earlier in the day when his mother signed a declaration of abdication at the Council of State. She left the room with tears in her eyes, saying: “May God have mercy on the king.”
Did Queen Margaret II give notice to the Crown Prince about her abdication?
In a surprising revelation to a European newspaper, the head of communications at the Danish Royal House said that Queen Margaret informed her two sons, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim, three days ago that she would step down, before the official announcement.
“I can confirm that the Queen informed both the Crown Prince and Prince Joachim of the decision on December 28,” Lene Balleby, director of communications at the Danish Royal House, told Berlingske.
The official declined to say when the court and Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen would be notified of the news. “I can only say it was a very short preliminary period,” Balebi said.
I will never bow before Queen Margrethe II again
Things have certainly changed for the new King Frederick, and Queen Mary of Denmark, one day after Queen Margaret officially stepped down as Queen by signing her abdication declaration.
Newly proclaimed King Frederick, 55, and Queen Mary, 51, met Queen Margaret, 83, at the event. There has been a major change in how members of the royal family greet each other.
For the first time ever, Queen Mary did not bow to her mother-in-law. Instead, Queen Mary greeted Queen Margaret with a kiss on the cheek.
As Crown Princess Mary, the Australian princess was known for her deep bows when receiving Queen Margaret as well as royalty and peers from around the world. Now that she was queen, Mary no longer had to bow to other kings or companions. However, she can still choose to do so as a sign of respect.
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