A shock might occur this New Year’s Eve when Her Majesty Queen Margrethe delivers her annual speech to Denmark. Royal expert Sebastian Olden-Jørgensen has claimed in an interview with Danish magazine Kendte that he thinks there are signs indicating The Queen is going to announce her abdication.
He said: “I think it is possible that The Queen will say she will abdicate. Next year, Crown Prince Frederik will be 50 years old. He is as ready as he can be to become King. Prince Henrik’s disease has just been announced, so it points in that direction.”
There is no doubt that Queen Margrethe will do what she regards as her duty to the country and her people. Her Majesty has stated several times in previous interviews that she does not intend to abdicate from the throne. The Queen has said she would not abdicate because this is a breach of tradition.
It is not rare for Danish media to speculate about a possible abdication. As recently as March this year there was great speculation about whether The Queen would abdicate when she hosted a mysterious dinner for the Danish government.
Queen Margrethe’s father, His Majesty King Frederick IX, died 14 January 1972. In the same moment Margrethe succeeded to the throne and become the first female Danish sovereign under the new Act of Succession. She was proclaimed Queen from the balcony of Christiansborg Palace 15 January 1972 by Prime Minister Jens Otto Krag. The Queen chose the motto: God’s help, the love of The People, Denmark’s strength.
In her first address to the people, Queen Margrethe said: “My beloved father, our King, is dead. The task that my father had carried for nearly 25 years is now resting on my shoulders. I pray to God to give me help and strength to carry the heavy heritage. May the trust that was given to my father also be granted to me”.