Denmark’s Frederik X to grow to be king after Queen Margrethe’s abdication | EUROtoday

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Denmark turns a web page in its historical past on Sunday when Queen Margrethe abdicates and her son turns into King Frederik X, with greater than 100,000 Danes anticipated to prove for the unprecedented occasion.

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The vastly in style chain-smoking Queen Margrethe II, 83, will depart her residence at Copenhagen’s Amalienborg Palace shortly after 1:30 pm (1230 GMT) for a brief carriage trip to Christiansborg Palace, the seat of presidency and parliament.

There, at a Council of State at 2:00 pm, she is going to signal a declaration of abdication ending her 52-year reign, solely the second time a Danish sovereign has stepped down, the final one Erik III virtually 9 centuries in the past in 1146.

Her 55-year-old son Frederik — who can even attend the Council of State alongside together with his Australian-born spouse Mary and their eldest baby, 18-year-old Prince Christian — robotically turns into king and head of state upon Margrethe’s abdication.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen will then proclaim him King Frederik X on the balcony of Christiansborg Palace.

“The balcony serves only this purpose,” joked historian Lars Hovbakke Sorensen in an interview with AFP.

“The last time, in 1972 (when Margrethe became queen after the death of her father), there were more than 10,000 people on the square below. We’re expecting more this time,” he mentioned.

Police anticipate at the very least 10 instances that within the streets of the capital.

“It’s impossible to say how many but I think there will be more than 100,000 people,” Copenhagen police official Peter Dahl advised AFP, including that police reinforcements had been referred to as in from throughout the nation.

‘Soul of the nation’

Hotels and rail and airline tickets have been absolutely booked because the queen dropped her bombshell abdication announcement in her annual televised New Year’s Eve tackle.

Aske Julius, a 27-year-old Copenhagen resident, mentioned Saturday he hoped to get a great place to see the proclamation of the brand new king.

“More than half of the Danish population has never known anything else but the queen,” he mentioned. “She’s really the embodiment of Denmark… the soul of the nation.”

Apart from the abdication, the protocol is basically much like earlier royal successions in Denmark.

No international dignitaries or royals are invited, and there’s no coronation or throne for the brand new monarch.

Margrethe selected to abdicate precisely 52 years to the day after she took over from her father, Frederik IX.

“There’s a lot of symbolism around this day,” Cecilie Nielsen, royal correspondent for Danish public broadcaster DR, advised AFP.

The queen’s abdication announcement surprised Danes, after she had repeatedly insisted she would comply with custom and reign till her dying.

Even her family was solely knowledgeable three days prior.

She attributed her determination to well being points after present process main again surgical procedure final yr.

Opinion polls present that greater than 80 p.c of Danes assist her determination.

Margrethe will retain her title of queen and will symbolize the royal household from time to time.

‘Different’ monarch

Experts say that passing the baton to her son now will give him time to flourish in his function as monarch, after step by step taking over rising obligations.

“She thinks the crown prince is totally ready to take over. And she wants to avoid a situation like in Great Britain where Prince Charles became King Charles after the age of 70,” historian Hovbakke Sorensen mentioned.

Like his mom, Frederik, who has been crown prince because the age of three, enjoys the assist of greater than 80 p.c of Danes.

But he’s anticipated to convey his personal type to the monarchy, which dates again to the tenth century Viking period.

“Queen Margrethe II is a woman of her time and Frederik also lives in his own era. He understood that he could not copy her and has managed to define his own image, his own ties to the Danish people,” one other historian, Bo Lidegaard, advised AFP.

“We will have a different type of monarch, much more informal in his way of speaking with people when he travels across the country,” his colleague Hovbakke Sorensen added.

While his mom is understood for her love of the humanities and is an achieved author and artist, Frederik is an avid sportsman who champions environmental causes.

In Denmark the monarch’s function is basically ceremonial, however she or he does signal laws, formally presides over the forming of a authorities and meets with the cupboard recurrently.