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Denmark’s King Frederik X takes throne after Queen Margrethe II’s abdication

Copenhagen, Jan 14 (EFE).- Frederik X became the new king of Denmark after his mother, Queen Margrethe II, voluntarily relinquished the throne and signed her abdication declaration on Sunday.

The handover took place at a cabinet meeting at Christiansborg Palace in the capital Copenhagen when Margrethe II transferred the crown to Frederik, 55, and his Australian-born wife, Queen Mary.

Margrethe II left the palace by car once the abdication was formalized, while the new king hosted a small reception.

Among the guests were Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and the presidents of the autonomous territories of Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

Following Danish tradition, Frederiksen proclaimed Frederik X as king from the balcony of Christiansborg.

No royal guests from other countries attended the events, nor was there any coronation.

Frederik was accompanied by his younger brother, Prince Joachim, and his older sister, Mary.

The new king was expected to travel by carriage through the center of Copenhagen to their residence in the Amalienborg palace complex, accompanied by thousands of Danes who crowded the streets since the morning.

At Amalienborg, the so-called transfer of the royal standards will take place in the evening from the Christian IX mansion, Margrethe II’s residence, to the Frederik VIII mansion, where the new king and his wife live with their four children.

The abdication left Denmark with two queens: Margrethe, who retained her title, and Frederik’s wife, Queen Mary.

Frederik and Mary’s eldest son Christian, 18, is now the new crown prince and heir to the throne.

Margrethe II, 83, announced her shock abdication in her New Year’s speech, citing health problems from a complicated back operation and the need to make way for the new generation.

Like the other Scandinavian monarchies, there is no tradition of abdication in Denmark, with the previous precedent dating back almost 900 years, and the queen herself had stated on several occasions that her position was “a lifelong duty.”

The Danish monarchy enjoys broad popular support, with figures exceeding 70 percent for the institution and over 80 percent for its most prominent members, according to the latest polls. EFE


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