Margaret II, who retains the title of queen and the role of interim regent, left the castle by car once the abdication was formalized, while the new kings held a small reception: it is known that the Danish Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, was among the guests. , and the presidents of the autonomous territories of Greenland and the Faroe Islands.
Following Danish tradition, Frederiksen is in charge of proclaiming Frederick X king from the Christiansborg balcony, who will then give a short speech.
There are no royal guests from other countries at the events, nor any coronation, but Federico will be accompanied by his younger brother, Prince Joaquín; and, to Mary, his older sister.
The new kings will then tour the center of Copenhagen in a carriage to their residence in the Amalienborg palace complex, accompanied by thousands of Danes, who have been filling the streets since this morning.
In Amalienborg, the so-called transfer of the royal standards is scheduled to take place later, at 5:00 p.m. local time: from the palace of Christian IX, residence of Margaret II, to that of Frederick VIII, where the new kings live with their four children.
The eldest of Frederick X and Mary’s children, Christian, 18, is from today the new crown prince in place of his father.
Margarita II, 83, unexpectedly announced her abdication in her New Year’s Eve speech, citing health problems due to a complicated back operation and the need to make way for the new generation.
Like the rest of the Scandinavian monarchies, in Denmark there is no tradition of abdicating – the previous precedent dates back almost 900 years -, and the queen herself had assured on several occasions that her position was “a lifelong duty.”
Both the monarchy and Margaret II and the new kings enjoy broad popular support, with figures greater than 70% for the institution and 80% for its most prominent members, according to the latest polls.