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King Charles and Queen Camilla send personal message to King Frederik and Queen Mary on accession day

Queen Margethe announced her abdication live on TV after 52 years on the throne

King Charles and Queen Camilla at Brandenburg Airport
Phoebe Tatham
Content Writer
14 January 2024
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King Charles and Queen Camilla have sent a personal message to King Frederik and his wife Queen Mary on the day of their accession to the throne.

In a message shared by Buckingham Palace, Charles, 75, and Camilla, 76, sent their "very best wishes" to Denmark's new king and queen, whilst also paying tribute to Frederik's mother, Queen Margrethe II - Europe's longest-reigning monarch.

King Charles and Queen Camilla on the balcony after being crowned© Getty Images
King Charles and Queen Camilla sent King Frederik and Queen Mary "their best wishes"

Crown Prince Frederik, 55, only learned of his mother's plans to abdicate just three days before her surprise announcement on 31st December in her New Year address.

A spokesperson from the royal palace confirmed to Danish newspaper Berlingske that the queen informed both her sons, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim, about her decision to abdicate on 28 December.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark attend the New Year's reception for the diplomatic corps at Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen, on January 3, 2023© Getty Images
Queen Margrethe announced her abdication back in December

In his letter, Charles wrote: "My wife joins me in writing to convey our very best wishes on the day of your accession to the throne of the Kingdom of Denmark. I look forward to working with you on ensuring that the enduring bond between our countries, and our families, remains strong, and to working together with you on issues which matter so much for our countries and the wider world."

He continued: "I pay tribute to the many years of service of your mother, Her Majesty Queen Magrethe II, and remember fondly the frequent visits between our countries, including our visit to Copenhagen and Elsinore in 2012. I was delighted that Your Majesties were able to attend our coronation last year and I much look forward to future opportunities to celebrate the close connection that unites our countries and our families."

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary wave from balcony© Getty Images
Frederik and Mary ascended the throne on Sunday

The historic day is set to continue this afternoon at 5pm local time with a transfer of the royal flags from Christian IX's Palace to Frederik VIII's Palace at Amalienborg, where Frederik and Mary reside.

Queen Margrethe standing with Crown Prince Frederik, Prince Joachim and younger members of the Danish royal family© Getty Images
Margrethe reigned for 52 years

The Danish royal palace has confirmed that Margrethe will still be known as Her Majesty Queen Margrethe. Her abdication in her New Year's address came as a complete surprise for many.

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Announcing her decision to step down, she said in her address: "In February this year I underwent extensive back surgery. It went well, thanks to the skilled healthcare staff who took care of me. Of course, the operation also gave rise to thinking about the future - whether the time had come to leave the responsibility to the next generation.

queen margrethe on balcony waving © Getty Images
Queen Margrethe of Denmark stripped four of her grandchildren of their royal titles

"I have decided that now is the right time. On 14 January 2024 – 52 years after I succeeded my beloved father – I will step down as Queen of Denmark. I leave the throne to my son Crown Prince Frederik."

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