The longest-reigning monarch in Danish history is abdicating the throne — so naturally, we need to gossip about it.
The stakes are higher over here in Australia (not as high as Denmark but a close second) as this means Princess Mary of
Tasmania Denmark will become the motherflippin' Queen, sitting beside her husband of almost 20 years, King Frederik.
Queen Margrethe announced she would abdicate on January 14, 2024, marking the 52nd anniversary of her accession back in 1972 at the age of 31.
“In two weeks time I have been Queen of Denmark for 52 years. Such an amount will leave its mark on anybody – also on me! The time takes its toll, and the number of ‘ailments’ increases. One cannot undertake as much as one managed in the past,” Queen Margrethe said in her annual New Year Address.
"I have decided that now is the right time. On 14th January, 2024 — 52 years after I succeeded my beloved father — I will step down as Queen of Denmark. I will hand over the throne to my son Crown Prince Frederik.”
This is a historic announcement as the last Danish abdication was in 1523. Sadly for us supportive queens out there, Queen Margrethe II was the last remaining reigning queen in the world after the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the succession of King Charles III.
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