Today marked a historic moment in Denmark’s royal history. After an extraordinary 52 years, Queen Margrethe II has gracefully stepped down from the throne, making her the first Danish monarch to abdicate voluntarily in over eight centuries.
The air was thick with emotion as she signed the abdication papers, closing a remarkable chapter in Denmark’s story. In a moving ceremony from the palace balcony, with the nation watching, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen declared, ‘Long live King Frederik the Tenth,’ heralding a new era with Frederik now reigning over Denmark, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands. After the speech, the King was later joined by his family, greeting people from the balcony.
Admittedly, the thought of squeezing through what seemed like half of Denmark’s population almost had me glued to my couch. But the siren call of living a page out of history was too loud to ignore. So, in a spur-of-the-moment decision, armed with my camera, I set off to Copenhagen.
Let me tell you, navigating that crowd was like a real-life game of human Tetris. But it was all worth it. The experience was nothing short of breathtaking, with a dash of ‘wow, that’s a lot of people!’ sprinkled in. What a day to remember!!!
Long live the King!