Denmark’s King Frederik X takes throne ushering in new era

Published January 15, 2024
Copenhagen: Denmark’s newly proclaimed King Frederik and Queen Mary appear on the balcony of Christiansborg Palace, following the abdication of former Queen Margrethe who reigned for 52 years.—Reuters
Copenhagen: Denmark’s newly proclaimed King Frederik and Queen Mary appear on the balcony of Christiansborg Palace, following the abdication of former Queen Margrethe who reigned for 52 years.—Reuters

COPENHAGEN: Denmark’s King Frederik X acceded to the throne on Sunday, ushering in a new era after his mother Queen Margrethe abdicated, with more than 100,000 Danes turning out for the unprecedented event.

After a final horse-drawn carriage procession through the streets of Copenhagen, the hugely popular 83-year-old queen signed a declaration of abdication at Christiansborg Palace, ending her 52-year reign and automatically making her son monarch.

She then left the Council of State, also attended by the government, the new king, his wife and their 18-year-old eldest son, the new Crown Prince Christian. Margrethe left the room with tears in her eyes, saying: “God bless the king.” In front of a sea of Danes waving red-and-white flags, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen then proclaimed 55-year-old Frederik the new king on the balcony of Christiansborg Palace, the seat of parliament and government.

Wraped up against the cold, a visibly moved Frederik, clad in his gala admiral’s uniform with gold epaulettes, blinked back tears and smiled as he waved to the crowd, estimated at more than 100,000 people by media outlets. Like his mother, Frederik is hugely popular, enjoying the support of more than 80 per cent of Danes.

“My mother succeeded like few others in becoming one with her country,” he told the crowd. “My hope is to become a unifying king for the future... It’s a responsibility I assume with respect, pride and a lot of happiness,” he said, repeatedly placing his hand on his heart as the crowd cheered.

Published in Dawn, January 15th, 2024

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