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Queen of Denmark Margrethe II announces abdication live on TV

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This was announced by Queen Margaret II of Denmark during her traditional New Year’s speech.

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Danish Queen Margrethe II has announced that she will abdicate on January 14, 2024, after 52 years of reign.

The 83-year-old made the announcement during his traditional New Year’s Eve televised address.

“On 14 January 2024, 52 years after succeeding my beloved father, I will step down as Queen of Denmark. I will leave the throne to my son, Crown Prince Frederik,” she said.

His role as monarch of Denmark is largely ceremonial.

The date she said she would step down coincides with the anniversary of the death of her father, King Frederick IX, in 1972.

She succeeded him on the throne that same year at the age of 31.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen confirmed the decision in a press release that paid tribute to the 83-year-old monarch, offering a “heartfelt thank you to Her Majesty the Queen for her lifelong dedication and tireless efforts for the Kingdom.”

Margrethe, 1.82 meters tall and a chain smoker, was one of the most popular public figures in Denmark.

He often walked the streets of Copenhagen practically unescorted and won the admiration of the Danes for his friendly manner and his talent as a linguist and designer.

An avid skier, she was part of a Danish women’s air force unit as princess, taking part in judo courses and endurance tests on the snow.

Margrethe remained tenacious even as she grew older. In 2011, at the age of 70, she visited Danish troops in southern Afghanistan wearing a military suit.

As monarch, he crisscrossed the country and regularly visited Greenland and the Faroe Islands, the two semi-independent territories that are part of the Danish Kingdom.

She was often greeted everywhere by cheering crowds.

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