As Denmark said goodbye to the year 2023 and ushered in a new year 2024, something spectacular happened. After 52 years at the helm of the Danish Monarch, Queen Margrethe II announced her imminent abdication from the throne. As this happened, her eldest son Crown Prince Frederik now warms up to take over.
It may be exciting how all Scandinavian countries still retain monarchies even as the world moves away from it. Without necessarily making this a quasi political and governance article, just know that Denmark operates as a constitutional monarchy.
With Queen Margrethe II leaving the helm of the monarch, a new sheriff takes over the Amalienborg Palace. So, you who live or plan to start a new life in the country should be aware that if every plan goes as is, Prince Frederik will be the one appointing the Danish Prime Minister.
The place of the Queen or his majesty the King in the danish Society
Something that makes Denmark attractive to many is the country’s relative political calm. Rarely do you experience bravado and such kind of thing when it comes to election time. This may have something to do with how the country’s governance is structured. Also, the culture of tolerance and holding back in Danish society makes political seasons much calmer.
The Queen of Denmark, or let’s say head of monarch, has ceremonial authority-holds the power of Royal Assent. This means that while other processes of elections and politics go on, she will ratify them. In other words, the queen bears a role similar to priests that solemnize religious activities-she kind of certifies them.
You should know how much Danes have a sense of protection for and awe the Queen. Each new year eve, people gather just to listen to the message that comes out of the palace. That’s how much the people respect the position of the queen.
Maybe you will find it interesting to get the finer details about the Danish Monarchy (kongehuset) here.
Even as Queen Margrethe II bows out of the Danish monarchy, her tenure remains record breaking. So many people in Denmark today have only experienced her reign and the society can only hope that Crown Prince Frederik steers it equally well.
List of the Danish Monarchs in the recent times
As you live in or enter Denmark, you will be excited to learn a little of its history. A lot of documentaries and exhibitions in museums across the country is a great place to start from.
If you quickly judge Denmark as being a highly organized society then its necessary to know that the country has a long history. With a monarchy that has been active for over 1200 years now, you least expect the country to be socially disorganized.
A quick check through the history of the country will point at instances where the country literally ran into headwinds and chaos. But over time, the people have learned to leave harmoniously and with a sense of common interest crowned by the Danish monarchy.
If you want to really get a hang of Danish political history including the monarchy, the kingdom and how it evolved, just visit a museum.
For the ease and clarity, we shall only focus on the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg from which queen Margrethe II descends,
Here is a quick snapshot of Danish monarchs we could quickly get hold of;
- Queen Margrethe II
- King Frederick IX,
- King Christian X-Christian Carl Frederik Alber
- King Frederick VIII-Christian Frederik Vilhelm Carl
- King Christian IX
Remarkable uniqueness of the Danish Royal Family
At the mention of the royal family, what goes through the mind of almost everybody is fine things and an exclusive life. You know from historical records and accounts, the royal families often get to live an awed life in exclusive neighborhoods such as the Royal Residences in Buckingham Palace.
The Danish royal family comes across not as your expected nobles. Today, the family members live an ordinary life like the rest of Danish society. They not only go shopping as anyone else but also attend the same public amenities.
So when you run errands in the neighborhood of the palace, you may spot Queen Margrethe II or a member of her family going about life as normal. Perhaps this serves as a great symbol of humility and service leadership. Janteloven surely seems to have an ingrained place in Danish society, including the monarchy.
The new year 2024 not only gave the Danish society a chance to renew their lives but also a break from 52 years of Queen Margrethe II. As people go about their everyday life, there’s hope and anticipation that Crown Prince Frederik will rule with fortitude and continue the peace that has been.