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Abdication of Queen Margrethe II

A final formal audience for the reign of Queen Margrethe

With Queen Margrethe’s abdication date on 14 January quickly approaching, she is now carrying out several “lasts” of her reign. At the beginning of January, she hosted her last New Year’s Levées. And on Monday 8 January, The Queen held her last public audience. 


Queen Margrethe has regularly held public audiences throughout her five-decade reign. These audiences are held roughly once a fortnight on Mondays; she can see anywhere from 50 to 150 people at each audience. This gives attendees the chance to thank the monarch for any orders bestowed or for royal visits. 

At her last audience, Her Majesty met with Flemming Kjølstrup Jensen, an employee at Centralvaskeriet Bispebjerg. In photos released, The Queen looked to be enjoying her last audience. 

The Queen receives those invited in the Royal Reception Rooms at Christianborg Palace. This palace is used by the monarch and the government alike. The Christianborg Palace that stands in Copenhagen today is actually the third palace built on that spot, with the current palace built between 1907 and 1928. 

On 14 January, The Queen will formally abdicated and her son, now Crown Prince Frederik, will take the throne. The Queen will have spent 52 years on the Danish throne at the time of her abdication. 

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