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Queen Margrethe overcome with emotion as she announces the end of her reign

Queen Margrethe of Denmark was overcome with emotion as she surprised everyone by announcing the end of her reign.

The Queen of Denmark will abdicate on January 14th 2024, the 52nd anniversary of her accession to the throne.

She will be succeeded immediately by her elder son, who will become Frederik X of Denmark.

The announcement of her abdication came in her traditional New Year’s Eve speech.

Queen Margrethe, dressed in regal purple and wearing her trademark diamond daisy brooch, spoke powerfully and movingly about the divisions in the world and how everyone could come together to try and end them. There was little indication from her demeanour that she was about to give up her throne.

But as the address came to an end, she looked at the camera and began a reflection on her health which ended with the shock news that she will stand aside in just a few days’ time.

And as she asked Denmark to support her son and his wife, who will become queen consort, her voice cracked and the emotion showed on her face.

Her Majesty ended her speech as she always does with the words ”God Save Denmark, God Save You All” but by then, the emotion was almost too much for her.

Margrethe II became Queen of Denmark on January 14th 1972 on the death of her father, Frederik IX. She is currently the longest reigning Monarch in Europe.

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Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.