Denmark’s monarchy underwent a significant change as King Frederik X ascended to the throne following the abdication of his mother, Queen Margrethe II, who had reigned for 52 years. The historic event took place on January 14, 2024, marking the end of Queen Margrethe’s reign and making her the first Danish monarch to abdicate in nearly 900 years.
Queen Margrethe announced her decision to abdicate on New Year’s Eve, citing a major back surgery she underwent in February of the previous year. The formal transfer of power took place at a meeting of the Council of State at Christiansborg Palace, where Queen Margrethe officially signed her abdication.
King Frederik X, aged 55, succeeded his mother as Denmark’s new monarch. His wife, Queen Mary, took on the role of queen consort, and their 18-year-old son, Prince Christian, became Denmark’s new crown prince and heir to the throne. King Frederik X adopted a royal motto as a guiding principle for his reign: “United, committed, for the kingdom of Denmark.”
Tens of thousands of people gathered in Copenhagen to witness the historic event and celebrate the new king. The crowds were filled with enthusiasm and pride for the royal family, with many holding miniature Danish flags. The new monarch and his wife greeted the crowds from the balcony of Christiansborg Palace after the proclamation.
King Frederik X’s ascension to the throne marks a new era for Denmark’s monarchy. In his first speech as king, he expressed his hope to become a unifying king of tomorrow and acknowledged the task he had approached all his life with pride.