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Queen of Denmark Margrethe II to abdicate after 52 years of reign

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark during her end-of-year speech, December 31, 2023.

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Denmark's Queen Margrethe II announced on Sunday during her traditional New Year's speech that she would abdicate on January 14, after 52 years of reign.

On January 14, 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 during her televised vows.

Federator and popular, the sovereign, widowed since 2018, had undergone major back surgery in February which had prevented her from appearing in public until April.

The operation […] gave rise to reflections on the future, on the question of whether it was time to transfer responsibilities to the next generation, confided the queen, 83 years old.

On the throne since the death of her father in 1972, this intellectual polyglot contributed to gradually modernizing the monarchy.

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Since the death of her distant cousin Elizabeth II, Margrethe is the last queen to reign in Europe. More than 80 percent of Danes identify as monarchists, and they turned out in their thousands to celebrate his 50-year jubilee last year.

Many of us have never known another monarch. Queen Margrethe is the very embodiment of Denmark and, over the years, she has put into words and feelings what we are as a people and as a nation, responded Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen , in a press release.

If crown princesses are called to reign in several European countries, Margrethe is the only woman from the Old Continent to reign.

Queen, the Dane could also never have been because the Constitution prohibited until 1953 that the crown was placed on the head of a woman. To the detriment of his uncle Knud and his son, the law was then changed by referendum, under pressure from Danish governments concerned with modernity.

The basis of her popularity is that the queen is not at all political, she unites the nation instead of dividing it, historian Lars Hovebakke Sørensen explained to AFP during the celebrations of her 50th reign in 2022.

She managed to be a queen who unified the Danish nation through many changes: globalization , the advent of a multicultural state, economic crises […] and the pandemic, he had developed.

Costume designer and scenographer, the queen distinguished herself especially in drawing and painting. Margrethe has illustrated numerous literary works, such as the 2002 reissue of J.R.R Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. His paintings have been exhibited in prestigious museums and galleries, in Denmark and abroad.

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