The Queen Margaret II of Denmark rang the first bell on New Year’s Eve. The 83-year-old monarch announced her abdication in her traditional New Year’s speech. She would pass the baton to her son, Crown Prince Frederick, in a ceremony scheduled for this Sunday, January 14, the day that marks exactly 52 years since the coronation of Margaret II herself. The king Frederick will officially ascend to the throne today in the company of his wife, the crown princess Mary from Denmarkhis queen consort, who will henceforth be known as Queen Mary.
What will the ceremony be like?
Unlike the coronation of King Charles III, the Danish Royal House will opt for a simple, low-profile ceremony, much more discreet than the global spectacle that represented the enthronement of the new British monarch. Instead of a formal coronation, a proclamation ceremony will take place at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen, the epicenter of Danish political life, home to Parliament, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Supreme Court. There will be no crowns or thrones.
Who are among the guests?
It will be an emotional ceremony, but without the pageantry of the British monarchy and which will not be attended by the rest of the European kings or heads of State and Government of other countries. However, the participation in the ceremony of Mary and Frederik’s eldest son, prince christian, 18, who will become the country’s new crown prince. He will travel to Christiansborg Palace to witness the signing of Margaret’s abdication papers as a councilor of state, but he will not accompany her parents to the balcony.
Several members of the royal family also appear on the guest list. One of the attendees will be Federico’s brother, the prince Joachim of Denmark, who will attend his mother’s abdication without his wife or children, almost two years after they were stripped of their royal titles. Last year, Prince Joachim and princess mary They moved to the United States nine months after the monarch stripped the prince’s four children, Nikolai, Felix, Henrik and Athena, of their royal titles of “Your Highness.”
Queen Margaret’s second son shares with Marie the Earl Henrik and the countess Athenaand his eldest sons, the count Felix and the count Nikolaywith his first wife, AlexandraCountess of Frederiksborg.
The elder sister of the next queen consort, Jane Stephenswho works as a pharmacist on the island of Tasmania, will also be present when Mary of Denmark becomes the first queen of a European monarchy from Australia.
What will be the protocol?
Just after lunchtime on Sunday local time, Mary and Frederick will drive the short distance from their residence at Frederik VIII’s palace, Amalienborg, to Christiansborg Palace. While Queen Margaret will head to Christiansborg Palace in a separate carriage, escorted by the Hussar Regiment of Guards.
The Danish Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, will announce the royal couple in the palace, and both will appear on the balcony before the public. A special cannon salute will mark the occasion, and the national flag will be lowered and raised again at the royal palaces.
Before the inauguration of the new monarchy on the balcony, the new king and queen, plus Queen Margaret, will join the Danish Government, the Secretary of the Council of State in the Council of State for the formal transfer of power and the Queen will sign an official declaration of his abdication.
The royal family will also participate in a special session of Parliament on January 15, as well as a celebratory church service at Aarhus Cathedral on Sunday, January 21, an event that will conclude the coronation events.
Can it be followed on television?
There will be no television broadcast of the events, but many media outlets will report live throughout the day, including LA RAZÓN.