Denmark unites around Margrethe II and Frederick: The legacy of a people’s monarchy

The Danish monarchy has been a cornerstone of Danish history and culture. Since Margaret II’s ascension to the throne in 1972, until her upcoming abdication in favor of her son Frederick, the crown has enjoyed unprecedented support and popularity.

Despite the challenges and scandals that have arisen over the years, the Danes have closed ranks around their constitutional monarchy.

A successful and popular reign

When Margaret II became queen of Denmark in 1972, many doubted her ability to perform her role effectively. Over the years, however, she has proven herself to be a wise and knowledgeable leader.

Her reign has been so successful that even the current prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, who was not born a monarchist, has become a supporter of the monarchy thanks to Margrethe. In her New Year’s message, Frederiksen praised the queen for being a wise and knowledgeable head of state, thanking her heartily for her service to the country.

Support for Margrethe II and her son Frederick is evident in the most recent polls. Approximately 75% of the Danish population supports constitutional monarchy as a form of government, and more than 80% have a positive opinion of the future king.

Despite the scandals that have surrounded the royal family, such as Margarita’s mysterious Madrid escapade with Mexican socialite Genoveva Casanova, support for the monarchy remains strong.

Transfer of the crown

On January 14, Margrethe II will abdicate in favor of her son Frederick, who will become Frederick X of Denmark. Although the queen had always stated that she did not intend to abdicate, a delicate back operation in 2023 hastened her decision. In Margrethe’s own words, “time wears out” and she can no longer perform the same tasks as before. The operation led her to reflect on the future and she decided that the time was right to pass on the responsibility to the next generation.

Prime Minister Frederiksen praised Frederick as the future king, stressing the trust the queen has placed in him and emphasizing that the rest of the nation also has confidence in his ability.

Frederick has witnessed for many years, not only the growth of the nation, but also the personal and professional growth of the prince. His closeness to the Danish people makes him an especially beloved man.

Popularity of the monarchy

Denmark’s monarchy enjoys unparalleled popularity in the country. Unlike in other European countries where republicanism has gained ground, in Denmark this cause is virtually paralyzed. Even those who call themselves republicans recognize the work and performance of Queen Margrethe.

The appreciation and support for the monarchy is evident in the words of Pelle Dragsted, political spokesman for the United List, who says that the queen has performed her job in the best possible way. Pia Olsen Dyhr, leader of the Socialist People’s Party, also expressed her gratitude to the queen for uniting the nation again and again.

Challenges for the future king

Despite the broad support Frederick has received from the Danish population, some media warn about the challenges he will face as future king. Mention is made of possible blunders that could squander the credit he still has, such as the scandal of his Madrid escapade with Genoveva Casanova.

In addition, mention is made of his attendance at a climate conference in Aalborg, to which he traveled by plane to be picked up by a Royal Household hybrid Audi, which generated criticism about his carbon footprint.

Experts in the Royal Household suggest that Frederick will have to emulate his mother’s ability to have a say on momentous issues without overstepping the neutrality of his role. In a 1988 interview, Margaret II mentioned that while she can think what she wants, she should not say everything she thinks.

This discretion has been one of the queen’s most admired characteristics, and Frederick will have to learn to handle his role in a similar way.

Conclusion

Margaret II’s reign has left a legacy of popularity and support for the Danish monarchy. The Danes have closed ranks around their queen and are now preparing to welcome Frederick as their future king.

Despite the challenges it faces, the Danish crown enjoys overwhelming support among the population. Now, it remains to be seen whether Frederick will be able to maintain his mother’s success and continue the legacy of a popular monarchy in Denmark.