Queen Margrethe II of Denmark shocks viewers with an unexpected televised declaration of her intention to step down from the throne.

The Queen of Denmark has made the surprise announcement that she will relinquish her position after 52 years on the throne. In her New Year speech, Queen Marghrethe II revealed that she will step down on 14 January, the same day she ascended the throne, and pass on the title to her son, Crown Prince Frederik. Despite abdicating, Queen Margrethe will still be referred to as Her Majesty. She became queen on 14 January 1972 following the death of her father, King Frederik IX. The queen made her announcement from Christian IX’s Palace at Amalienborg, stating, “I have decided that the time is right. On 14 January 2024, exactly 52 years after I succeeded my beloved father, I will step down as Queen of Denmark and pass the throne to my son, Crown Prince Frederik.” The queen’s decision was influenced by her back surgery in February, which prompted her to reconsider her position and think about passing on the responsibility to the next generation. Danish Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, expressed gratitude to the queen for her service and acknowledged the difficulty in accepting a change in the throne after more than 1,000 years of regents. Frederiksen also expressed excitement for the new reign, as Crown Prince Frederik will become king and Crown Princess Mary will assume the role of queen. The queen’s impact on Denmark, the Faroe Islands, and Greenland has been significant and she is recognized with both gratitude and admiration. Queen Margrethe II is highly regarded in Denmark and known for her approachable nature, linguistic abilities, design talents, and athletic pursuits such as skiing and participation in judo courses. She has been a dedicated monarch, regularly visiting regions across Denmark, Greenland, and the Faeroe Islands to the delight of cheering crowds.

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