In recent months, many rumours have been circulating about the Danish Royal Family, especially the Danish Queen, Margrethe II and her husband, Prince Henrik. It is almost a year since Prince Henrik chose to retire, and after his retirement has he rarely been seen in public with Queen Margrethe.
When the Danish Queen held the annual New Year gala-dinner for diplomats and politicians earlier this month, the Prince and The Queen were seen together – the first time in more than six months.
It is the Swedish royal news magazine Svensk Damtiding who reports that they have contacted some of Denmark’s royal experts and their interpretation of this is clear: The Queen misses her husband and it is likely she is going to abdicate shortly. The Danish royal experts that the magazine spoke to say that the Queen has changed lately. The Queen is reportedly not as happy as she tends to be.
Many have speculated that Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik are no longer residing together, and that they live in separate castles. However, the Danish royal experts say that this is not correct. They see signs that the Queen wants to perform her duties for Denmark, but misses her husband and that this may be one of the reasons that the Queen would abdicate. Prince Henrik has spent much of his retired life on his private vineyard in France, the country he originates from.
Queen Margrethe was interviewed by the Danish news channel TV2 not too long ago. In this interview, The Queen was asked if she felt lonely after Prince Henrik retired. Her Majesty replied: “I can not say I feel lonely. It is clear that it is something completely different when he [Prince Henrik] is with me.”
The Queen was also interviewed in a book which she helped to write. Here she says she is pleased that Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary are ready to take over their duties as King and Queen of Denmark. Many have interpreted this as a sign that the Queen would abdicate sometime in the coming years.