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Royal Resignation: Queen of Denmark Announces Unexpected Abdication

In a momentous and unexpected New Year’s Eve revelation, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark has declared her intention to abdicate the throne, marking the end of her reign that spans over five decades. 

The 83-year-old monarch, who succeeded her father, King Frederik IX more than 52 years ago, disclosed her decision in her annual address to the nation on the evening of December 31, 2023.

Royal Transition

“I have decided that now is the right time. On 14th January, 2024, 52 years after I succeeded my beloved father, I will step down as Queen of Denmark,” Queen Margrethe announced.

The queen revealed that she will pass on the royal responsibilities to her son, Crown Prince Frederik, aged 55. The announcement came towards the conclusion of her New Year’s Eve speech, during which she expressed gratitude for the “overwhelming warmth and support” received throughout her reign.

Reflecting on her decision, Queen Margrethe cited recent health challenges, including extensive back surgery in February, as contributing factors. 

“The time takes its toll, and the number of ‘ailments’ increases. One cannot undertake as much as one managed in the past,” she explained.

The queen touched upon global issues in her address, expressing concern over the “horrible terrorist attack on civilians in Israel” and addressing the rising antisemitism fueled by war. 

She emphasized the importance of unity and respect among people, irrespective of their backgrounds.

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Queen Margrethe: The Queen of Denmark

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In a momentous and unexpected New Year’s Eve revelation, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark has declared her intention to abdicate the throne, marking the end of her reign that spans over five decades.

Furthermore, Queen Margrethe used her final New Year’s Eve speech to address the urgency of climate change, stating, “The globe’s climate is changing faster than we thought. We need to address climate change. The consequences are not only in the future. They are here already, and they are extreme.”

As tradition dictates, the queen concluded her speech with a heartfelt wish, “God bless Denmark. God bless you all.”

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen expressed gratitude for Queen Margrethe’s “lifelong dedication and tireless efforts for the Kingdom,” describing her as the epitome of Denmark. Frederiksen also looked ahead to the future, acknowledging Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, stating, “In the new year, Crown Prince Frederik will be proclaimed king. Crown Princess Mary will become queen.”

The announcement marks a significant turning point for Denmark, as the nation prepares for the transition to a new era under the leadership of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary.


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