Copenhagen, January 01, 2024, The Europe Today: In a surprising announcement during her traditional New Year’s Eve speech, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Europe’s longest-serving monarch, disclosed her decision to abdicate and pass the throne to her son. The 83-year-old monarch, who has held the title for an impressive 52 years, cited her age and health concerns as compelling factors behind the unexpected abdication.
Reflecting on the challenges of an extensive reign, Queen Margrethe acknowledged the toll it could take and expressed the need for a transition. The symbolic date of January 14 has been chosen for her departure, marking the day in 1972 when her father, King Frederik IX, passed away, leading to her ascension to the throne. Crown Prince Frederik is poised to succeed her as the new King of Denmark