Federico king of denmark after his mother signed, Queen Margaret IIhis declaration of abdication during a Council of State held at Christiansborg Castle in Copenhagen, the seat of Parliament.
Margaret II, who retains the title of queen and the role of interim regent, she left the castle by car once the abdication was formalized, while the new kings held a small reception: it is known that among the guests were the Danish prime minister, Mette Frederiksenand the presidents of the autonomous territories of Greenland and the Faroe Islands.
Following Danish tradition, Frederiksen has been the one in charge of proclaiming king, at 3:00 p.m. local time (2:00 p.m. GMT) from the Christiansborg balcony, to Frederick X, who gave a short speech. “My mother has been, like few others, one with her kingdom. I hope to be a unifying king,” said the monarch.
Federico, who referred to his mother as “an unusual regent“He noted that he will need the support of “my beloved wife, my family and that which is bigger than all of us.”
The speech ended with the choice of the motto of his reigna Danish tradition, which will be “United, committed for the kingdom of Denmark”, succeeding her mother’s “The help of God, the love of the people, the strength of Denmark”.
There were no royal guests at the events. from other countries, nor no coronation, but his younger brother, Prince Joaquín, has accompanied Federico; and, to Mary, his older sister.
The new kings will tour the center of Copenhagen in a carriage bound for their residence in the Amalienborg palace complexaccompanied by thousands of Danes who have been crowding the streets since this morning.
The official events of the day will close with the transfer of royal standards from the palace of Christian IX, residence of the outgoing monarch, to that of Frederick VIII, where the new kings live, both separated by just a few hundred meters.
Wide popular support
Margaret II, 83 years old, he unexpectedly announced his abdication in his end-of-year 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 to almost 900 years ago-, 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 supportwith figures higher than 70% for the institution and 80% for its most prominent members, according to the latest surveys.