Many Monarchs had renounced from their thrones in recent years. 75-year-old Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands had resigned from her throne in 2013, and also Albert II of Belgium had left his throne, after health conditions had decreased his life quality.
On the New Year’s Eve, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark had announced her abdication after 52 years of ruling. King Frederik is the head of the monarch now. When Queen Elizabeth II lost her life, Queen Margrethe became the longest serving monarch in Europe.
“I will leave the throne to my son Crown Prince Frederik,” Queen Margrethe II of Denmark had stated in her TV announcement.
After some health conditions, as she had experienced a back surgery in 2023, she was struggling with her royal duties.
“The surgery naturally gave rise to thinking about the future, whether the time had come to leave the responsibility to the next generation,” Queen Margrethe said.
“I have decided that now is the right time.”
The handover happened at the cabinet meeting at Christiansborg Palace, in Copenhagen. The event had aired on live TV.
Crown Prince Frederik didn’t had a ceremony, as British Royal Family had. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen had talked from the balcony at Christiansborg at 3 pm on Sunday, as she announced the abdication of Queen Margrethe.
“Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II has abdicated; long live His Majesty King Frederik X” Frederiksen said.
“The tradition of proclaiming an accession to the throne originates from olden days when a throne succession was announced to the people at the ‘landsting,’ or open assemblies, in the various regions of the country,” was stated at the Danish royal family website. “At that time, it occurred when a trusted public servant loudly proclaimed the accession to the throne to all four corners of the world so that everyone had the opportunity to hear it.”
“As the proclamation now takes place from a balcony, the Prime Minister responsible for the proclamation abstains from turning in towards the Throne Room and thus makes the proclamation to three corners of the world.“
“She will always be remembered as a regent beyond the ordinary,” King Frederik had stated, “My hope is to become a unifying king of tomorrow.”
As the winds of change is happening in Europe, now after two years from becoming the King, King Charles was expected to let his throne to his son, Prince Charles.
Some royal experts had talked about the subject in recent days, as Phil Dampier, royal author had talked with Daily Mail.
“It must make you wonder if in five or ten years’ time, King Charles might think about doing the same if his health suffers or he just thinks it is a good time to pass on to William and Kate while they are still young. Our late Queen would never abdicate because of what happened in 1936 when her uncle abdicated and her father came to the throne. But times change,” Dampier said.
“William and Kate get on very well with Frederik and Mary and will be among the first to congratulate them. They will be fascinated to see how they get on as King and Queen and it will make them think about their future as well.”
Simon Jenkins, columnist for The Guardian had said, “Growing old should never be a bar to work, but age does not negotiate. Britain’s King Charles, after a long apprenticeship, has proved an active and popular figure in his term of office. He has shown no sign of ageing, other than perhaps his limp Christmas message. He is certainly entitled to a substantial reign after waiting so long.”
“But not to death. Charles has a successor, William, well-trained and evidently suited for the job. The abdication of Beatrix of the Netherlands to Willem-Alexander in 2013 was an ideal precedent. It prompted an outpouring of gratitude for her reign, a welcome for her son, and a stronger monarchy as a result. The flamboyant conductor André Rieu had the Dutch joyously dancing in the streets in their thousands. There was none of the lugubriousness inevitably attached to Britain’s succession through death.”
“Abdication also indicates a nation able to keep its institutions fit for purpose. In slimming down the royal family, Charles has wisely indicated a desire to end such damaging princely sagas as those of Andrew and Harry. But he must surely go further in updating the office he should one day hand over to his son.”
As many people are waiting for Prince Charles to take the throne, it was also reported that Kate Middleton and Prince Charles are getting ready for King Charles to abdicate the throne too.
Ephraim Hardcastle, Daily Mail columnist had said that Kate and Charles are learning Danish for the day they would become king and queen.
Hardcastle said that Prince William is, “noting how the transfer to Frederik X involves little other than the signing of papers, the changing of royal standards and a proclamation. For William, keen to downsize his own coronation, the relative simplicity may be appealing.”
A source said to Sunday Times, “He is really thinking, how do we make his coronation feel most relevant in the future? He is mindful of the fact that in 20 years’ time, or whenever his time comes, how can the coronation be modern but also unifying to the nation and the Commonwealth? I think his coronation will look and feel quite different.”
Hardcastle had wrote in the past as, “Kate, meanwhile, is said to be delighted that Crown Princess Mary is becoming Queen. She spent a lot of time in conversation with Mary at Royal Ascot when she visited in 2016.”
“They exchanged numbers. Will her low-key elevation help Kate to pick up tips for her own no-fuss crowning?”
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