(CTN News) – Queen Margrethe II of Denmark surprised the nation during her annual New Year speech by announcing her decision to abdicate after 52 years as the reigning monarch.
On the 14th of January, which coincides with the anniversary of her accession, she will step down and pass the throne to her son, Crown Prince Frederik.
Despite abdicating, Queen Margrethe will retain the title of Her Majesty. She ascended to the throne on the 14th of January, 1972, following the demise of her father, King Frederik IX. From Christian IX’s Palace at Amalienborg, the queen delivered her speech, explaining her decision by stating, “I have concluded that the time is right.
On the 14th of January, 2024, 52 years after I succeeded my beloved father, I will step down as Queen Margrethe of Denmark. I entrust the throne to my son, Crown Prince Frederik.”
The queen’s choice was influenced by a back surgery she underwent in February, which prompted her to reassess her position and consider passing on the responsibilities to the next generation.
She acknowledged the passage of time and the increasing challenges, which have made it more demanding to fulfill the same responsibilities as before.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen expressed gratitude to the queen for her devoted service, stating, “On behalf of the entire population, I would like to sincerely thank Her Majesty the Queen Margrethe for her lifelong dedication and unwavering efforts for the kingdom.”
She also recognized the historical significance of this transition, as the duty and position of the monarch have been passed down for over a thousand years.
Queen Margrethe, a beloved figure in Denmark, will be stepping down as Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary ascend to the throne.
Queen Margrethe’s contributions to Denmark, the Faroe Islands, and Greenland have been invaluable, and she will be remembered with deep gratitude and admiration.
Crown Princess Mary, originally from Australia, became a part of the Danish royal family when she married Crown Prince Frederik in 2004. We eagerly anticipate the new era under their leadership and have faith in their ability to fulfill their responsibilities with grace and dedication.