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King Frederik and Queen Mary of Denmark reveal new official family photos - and wow

Queen Margrethe announced her abdication on New Year's Eve…

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary arrive to the New Year's cure © Getty
January 19, 2024
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King Frederik X and Queen Mary of Denmark have unveiled their first family portraits since the change of reign - and they couldn't be more magnificent. 

The selection of photos, released on the family's official royal website, show the,  posing in the Throne Room at Christiansborg Palace alongside their children, Crown Prince Christian,18, Princess Isabella, 16, and 13-year-old twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine.

Queen Mary seen behind-the-scenes as Frederik is proclaimed King

The stunning images were taken on 14 January by photographer, Dennis Stenild,  just moments after the King's proclamation which took place from The Throne Room's balcony. 

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Mary looked beautiful donning a stylish white dress embellished with glittering silver brooches. Meanwhile, Princess Josephine looked incredibly elegant in a vibrant red coat and her younger sister, Isabella opted for a chic black coat adorned with gold buttons,  which she borrowed from her mum, Queen Mary. 

Meanwhile, brothers, Christian and Vincent both donned smart navy blue suits. 

King Frederik and Queen Mary's children look on as their parents kiss© Getty
The photos were taken after the royals appeared on the balcony on 14 January making their first appearance as King and Queen

On the official Instagram account for the Danish royals, the photos were accompanied by the words: "The Throne Hall at Christiansborg Castle forms the frame for the first official portraits of Their Majesties The King and Queen.

"The portrait series was taken by photographer Dennis Stenild a few moments after the King's proclamation, which took place from the balcony of Tronsalen on the 14th January 2024.

"The Royal Couple is pictured together with The Crown Prince, His Royal Highness The Crown Prince, and Their Royal Highnesses Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine."

The abdication of Queen Margrethe II came as a major shock to royal fans when it was revealed on New Year's Day during her annual address. Speaking exclusively on HELLO!'s A Right Royal Podcast, journalist Wim Dehandschutter explained the "emotional reasons" behind the former Queen's decision to abdicate. 

He explained: "Margrethe became a widow after the death of Prince Henrik, her husband. Furthermore, there was a lot of fuss about her decision to strip four of her grandchildren of their royal titles of prince and princess. She was criticised by her own family, it became world news and at that moment she was portrayed as heartless. And I think for her she couldn't understand it because she thought she was doing this for the sake of her grandchildren to relieve them of their royal duties and expectations."

In the episode, hosts Andrea and Emmy also chatted to  ITV News Royal Correspondent Chris Ship and Majesty magazine managing editor Joe Little. Listen to the full episode here. 

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