Frederik X is proclaimed the new king of Denmark after his mother, Queen Margrethe II, abdicates


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Via:  perrie-halpern  •  one month ago  •  9 comments

By:   Associated Press

Frederik X is proclaimed the new king of Denmark after his mother, Queen Margrethe II, abdicates
COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Denmark's prime minister proclaimed Frederik X as king on Sunday after his mother Queen Margrethe II formally signed her abdication, with massive crowds turning out to rejoice in the throne passing from a beloved monarch to her popular son.

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Margrethe, 83, is the first Danish monarch to voluntarily relinquish the throne in nearly 900 years. Many thousands of people gathered outside the palace where the royal succession took place, the mood jubilant as the Nordic nation experienced its first royal succession in more than a half-century, and one not caused by the death of a monarch.

Wearing a magenta outfit, Margrethe signed her abdication during a meeting with the Danish Cabinet at the Christiansborg Palace, a vast complex in Copenhagen that has been the seat of Danish power for centuries. It now houses the Royal Reception Rooms and Royal Stables as well as the Danish Parliament, the prime minister's office and the Supreme Court.

240114-denmark-queen-margrethe-mn-1100-b8d6f2.jpg Queen Margrethe II of Denmark signs a declaration of abdication as Crown Prince Frederik becomes King Frederik X.Mads Claus Rasmussen / AFP - Getty Images

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen next proclaimed Frederik king from the balcony of the palace before many thousands of subjects of a kingdom where the trappings of royalty are mostly symbolic in today's modern era of constitutional democracy.

Frederiksen read the proclamation three times, which is the tradition, as Frederik stood beside her wearing a ceremonial military uniform adorned with medals. He was then joined on the balcony by the new, Australian-born Queen Mary and the couple's four children, and the crowd spontaneously sang the national anthem.

"My hope is to become a unifying king of tomorrow," Frederik said. "It is a task I have approached all my life."

It is the custom for each new sovereign to adopt a royal motto as a guiding principle for their reign, and Frederik's is: "United, committed, for the kingdom of Denmark."

"I want to return the trust I meet," the new king said. "I need trust from my beloved wife, you and that which is greater than us."

Frederik then kissed Mary, who wore a white dress, and another great cheer rose from the crowd.

240114-denmark-king-frederik-x-mn-1056-f4f2fa.jpg The huge crowd of well-wishers at Christiansborg Palace Square in Copenhagen.Claus Bech / AFP - Getty Images

They then left Christianborg Palace in a horse-drawn coach as church bells rang out, and headed to their Amalienborg residence, where they once again appeared before a huge crowd of people cheering and waving the nation's flag of a white cross on a red background.

Frederik, who was visibly moved, placed both hands on his heart in a gesture of thanks.

The abdication document was earlier presented to Margrethe as she sat at a massive table covered in red cloth around which royals and members of the Danish government were seated. Frederik sat beside her.

After signing it, Margrethe rose and gestured to Frederik to take her place. "God save the king," she said as she left the room.

The abdication leaves Denmark with two queens: Margrethe keeps her title, while Frederik's wife becomes Queen Mary. Frederik and Mary's eldest son Christian, 18, has become crown prince and heir to the throne.

Citing health issues, Margrethe announced on New Year's Eve that she would step down, stunning a nation that had expected her to live out her days on the throne, as is the tradition in the Danish monarchy. Margrethe underwent major back surgery last February and didn't return to work until April.

Even the prime minister was unaware of the queen's intentions until right before the announcement. Margrethe had informed Frederik and his younger brother Joachim just three days earlier, the Berlingske newspaper wrote, citing the royal palace.

People from across Denmark gathered outside parliament, with many swarming streets decorated with red-and-white Danish flags. Several shops hung photos of Margrethe and Frederik, while city buses were adorned with smaller Danish flags as is customary during royal events. Many others across the kingdom of nearly 6 million people followed a live television broadcast of the historic event.

The royal guards' music band made their daily parade through downtown Copenhagen, but wore red jackets, instead of their usual black, to mark major events.

240114-denmark-king-frederik-x-mn-1055-946bc9.jpg Danish King Frederik X stands with Queen Mary and their children, Crown Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, on the balcony of Christiansborg Palace following his proclamation Sunday in Copenhagen.Sean Gallup / Getty Images

Copenhagen resident Rene Jensen, wearing a replica of a royal robe and a bejeweled purple crown on his head, said that he expected Frederik to be "a king for the nation, representing us everywhere."

The last time a Danish monarch voluntarily resigned was in 1146, when King Erik III Lam stepped down to enter a monastery. Margrethe abdicated on the same day of January that she ascended the throne following the death of her father, King Frederik IX, on Jan. 14, 1972.

Denmark's monarchy traces its origins to 10th-century Viking king Gorm the Old, making it the oldest in Europe and one of the oldest in the world.

Australians also turned out on the streets of Copenhagen to celebrate one of their own becoming queen.

"I think it's good that she's not from royalty and has a normal Australian background. We can relate more to that, because she's from a middle-class background, and we are, too," said Judy Langtree, who made the long journey from Brisbane with her daughter to witness the royal event.

A survey — commissioned by Denmark's public broadcaster DR — published Friday showed that 79% of the 1,037 people polled by the Epinion polling institute said that they believed Frederik was prepared to take the reins and 83% said they thought his wife Mary was ready to become queen. The survey margin of error was 3 percentage points, DR said.

Associated Press


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Professor Expert
1  sandy-2021492    one month ago

It's good that Queen Margarethe can live out the rest of her days without the burden of ruling a country, even symbolically, given that she's had health issues.

Professor Principal
1.1  TᵢG  replied to  sandy-2021492 @1    one month ago

And this is a rather rare class act.

Professor Expert
1.1.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  TᵢG @1.1    one month ago

It really is.

Professor Principal
2  devangelical    one month ago

I think it's interesting that the new queen is australian, but it probably won't mean much within what's left of the european royalty structure.

Professor Principal
2.1  devangelical  replied to  devangelical @2    one month ago

...  besides a needed commoner DNA infusion.

Freshman Silent
2.2  Waykwabu  replied to  devangelical @2    one month ago

She is a wonderful back stop  to the  king !!!!   God  save Queen Mary !!!

Professor Principal
3  Kavika     one month ago

I read some of the background of the Queen, what a wonderful person. She showed up in Afghanistan to meet the Danish troops a few years back.

Professor Principal
3.1  TᵢG  replied to  Kavika @3    one month ago

My wife and I passed through Denmark during a cruise back in 2019.   We got the impression, during our guided tour, that the Danes loved their queen.

Professor Expert
3.2  sandy-2021492  replied to  Kavika @3    one month ago

I read some on the new King, and he seems to be a bit of a polymath.  He's well-educated, and seems to continue learning, and focuses his time on and raises funding for sustainable energy.  I hope he's in a position to continue and expand that.


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