Queen Margrethe II of Denmark announced her abdication

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark announced during her New Year’s speech that she planned to abdicate and hand power to her son.

On Sunday, Margaret II delivered a New Year’s message in which she shared a surprising decision. The Queen of Denmark will abdicate on January 14. He will be succeeded by Prince Frederik, the eldest son of the current queen.

– I leave the throne for my son, Prince Frederik – said Margaret II, quoted by Reuters news agency. – It’s time to pass power to the next generation. Time is running out and diseases are getting worse. You can’t cope the same way you used to. The operation naturally gave rise to thoughts about the future, whether it was time to pass the responsibility to the next generation, she said.

The abdication will take place after 52 years of the Queen’s reign. After the death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, Margaret II became Europe’s longest-serving monarch. This will be the first time in Denmark’s history that the heir apparent takes power after his abdication.

In Denmark, the monarch mainly fulfills a representative and diplomatic function.

Margaret II, Europe’s longest-serving head of state

Margaret II was born in Copenhagen on April 16, 1940, the eldest daughter of King Frederick IX of Denmark and his wife Ingrid Bernadotte. She became heir to the Danish throne at the age of 13, when the Danish parliament accepted changes to inheritance law in 1953 that introduced gender equality in succession to the throne.

In 1967, Margaret married French diplomat Henry de Laborde de Monpezat (died 2018). He has two sons: Fryderyk and Joachim.

On January 14, 1972, after the death of her father, Frederick IX, Margaret ascended the throne of Denmark. Her motto was: “The support of God, the love of the people and the strength of Denmark.”

Margaret II visited Poland in July 1993.

Source: Do Rzeczy