Frederik X is formally the brand new king of Denmark after the abdication of his mom Margrethe II | EUROtoday

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L’occasion is massive. This Sunday, January 14, Frederik X turned the king of Denmark. He succeeds his mom, Queen Margrethe II, who abdicated after precisely 52 years of reign, an occasion celebrated in Copenhagen by 100 thousand Danes.

Shortly after 2 p.m., after a ultimate carriage journey by way of Copenhagen in entrance of tens of 1000’s of individuals waving Danish flags, Queen Margrethe II, wearing a sublime darkish pink ensemble, arrived at Christiansborg Palace. She signed the act of abdication, a primary in 900 years within the Scandinavian kingdom, making her 55-year-old eldest son, inheritor to the throne, the brand new monarch.

READ ALSO King of Denmark: higher than the Windsors, the GlücksburgsThe photos broadcast on tv, shortly after this solemn second, present her very moved signing the doc earlier than getting up and indicating to Frederik, to her proper, to sit down in his chair on the finish of the desk. Margrethe then left the Council, which included the federal government, the brand new king, his spouse and their eldest son, Christian, the brand new crown prince, free of her position as monarch and head of state.

“An ordinary person, like us”

His automotive left the palace to the cheers of quite a few onlookers, their heads lined with a paper or plastic crown. Frederik

Of Australian origin, the latter is the primary queen of the nation to not have blue blood. “It’s so exciting that an ordinary person like us becomes queen!” » enthuses Judy Langtree, a retiree from Brisbane, Australia.

READ ALSO The unimaginable future of Mary Donaldson, new queen of DenmarkSome in ski garments, others wrapped in Danish flags, some 100,000 individuals got here from throughout the nation to see the royal household, some arriving greater than 5 hours early. In Copenhagen, the accommodations had been stormed and it was virtually inconceivable to succeed in Copenhagen by public transport this weekend.


Access to Christiansborg Palace Square was closed to the general public shortly after 1 p.m. as a result of inflow of individuals. The day’s protocol broadly displays Denmark’s custom of succession. No overseas dignitary is invited, and the sovereign, who doesn’t put on a crown, actually doesn’t ascend a throne.

52 years in the past, on January 14, 1972, Margrethe II turned queen on the very second of the dying of her father, Frederik IX, and she or he abdicated on the precise day of the anniversary of her accession. “This day is therefore very symbolic,” underlines the correspondent who covers royalty for public tv DR, Cecilie Nielsen, in accordance with whom Queen Margrethe completely managed her exit.

If the announcement of his withdrawal throughout his conventional televised needs on December 31 was shocking, his circle of relatives was solely knowledgeable three days earlier than, it was in a short time accepted. The Queen underwent main again surgical procedure in 2023. More than 80% help her choice and the sovereign will maintain her title and can nonetheless be capable of signify the royal family throughout official ceremonies.

“Completely ready to take over”

Not attaching herself to the throne till she “falls from it”, as she was in a position to publicly assert prior to now, will enable her eldest son, whose duties have grown over the previous couple of years, to flourish in his position as monarch, consultants say.

“She thinks the crown prince is very ready to take over. And she perhaps wants to avoid a situation like in Great Britain where Prince Charles became King Charles at over 70 years old,” notes Hovbakke Sørensen.

Frederik, crown prince because the age of three, advantages from his personal reputation and can impose his type on the Danish monarchy, which dates again to the Viking kings of the Xe century. “Queen Margrethe II is a woman of her time and Frederik also lives in his time. He understood that he could not copy it and managed to create his own image, his own link with the Danes,” assures historian Bo Lidegaard.

In Denmark, the position of the monarch, head of state, is especially consultant and ceremonial. However, he indicators the legal guidelines and formally presides over the structure of the federal government which he meets at common intervals.