This Sunday, Denmark welcomed Frederick X as its new king during a ceremony which took place at the Parliament in Copenhagen. Thousands of people gathered around the Amalienborg complex, which houses the royal family’s palaces, to watch the proclamation live. The crown prince, 55, succeeds his mother, Queen Margaret II, 83, who remained on the throne for more than five decades. The center of Copenhagen was marked off as a pedestrian zone by the police, and the streets along the route were filled with citizens who came to watch the events and Frederick of Denmark’s first speech as monarch from the balcony of Christiansborg Palace, which houses the parliamentary seat.
King Frederick His first words were a reminder of his mother, Queen Margaret II, “who knew how to unite with her kingdom”. “I hope to be the king who knows how to unify,” emphasized the new monarch, who also indicated that he hopes to reciprocate the trust he receives. Shortly before his speech, Frederiksen recalled that being king and queen of Denmark “is a link in a long chain of more than 1,000 years.” “We greet the new head of state with joy for his life and his work: he is a king that we know and in whom we trust,” he assured. He then wished King Frederick X long life with the usual three cheers.
The Danish monarchy is very popular and, according to polls, 82% of the population believe that Frederick will do a good job. The abdication of Margaret II surprised the Danes on December 31 because she had always declared that she had no plans to leave the throne. In a televised speech, the Queen admitted that the passage of time “leaves its mark” and said the time had come to give way to the heir.
This Sunday, the focus is on Frederick and his wife, Princess Mary, who will be queen consort. The proclamation events began at 1:35 p.m., when the couple began the transfer from Frederick VIII’s palace to Christiansborg Palace – the new heir, Prince Christian, 18, and his three brothers, made the journey in another car ―. The first mansion is part of the Amalienborg complex, consisting of four identical buildings overlooking the same courtyard and is the residence of the Danish royal family. The heir wears a gala uniform for his proclamation and his wife is dressed in white. A few minutes later, Queen Margaret II left the palace of Christian IX (also in Amalienborg) towards the Parliament. Frederick and Mary traveled by car, and Marguerite II by carriage and escorted by a mounted squad from the hussar regiment of the royal guard.
At 2 p.m., according to the official program published by the Danish Royal House, the meeting of the Council of State began, during which Margaret II signed her abdication from the throne, while the public filling Parliament Square sang the National anthem. Before leaving the Council of State room, Margaret of Denmark declared: “May God save the king.” His son became Frédéric
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The car in which he arrived at Parliament is now reserved for the return of the new kings to the palace of Frederick VIII. The proclamation itself was made by Prime Minister, Social Democrat Mette Frederiksen, on the balcony of Parliament, in front of an audience that began gathering early in the morning. It was here that the sovereign delivered the first speech of his reign. Danish monarchies usually have a motto, which can be known later.
The latest poll, published by the Danish news agency Ritzau, indicates that the new kings enjoy the support of more than 80% of the population. 82% of those questioned believe that Frederick X is ready to reign; 86% say his wife, Mary, will be a good queen consort. Born in Australia, the couple met in 2000 during the Sydney Olympic Games. They have four children: the new heir, Prince Christian, and his three siblings, Isabel (16 years old) and the twins Vicente and Josefina (13 years old).
With this change of the Danish crown, the seven European monarchies – Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Denmark – have men at their head. For the next generation, however, five queens emerged, including Leonor, today Princess of Asturias.
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