Denmark’s queen abdicates after 52 years on the throne

Denmark’s queen has unexpectedly announced her abdication in her traditional New Year’s Eve speech.

Margrethe II will formally step down from the throne on 14 January.

That will be exactly 52 years to the day of her ascension to the throne in 1972.

The 83-year-old monarch will be succeeded by her eldest son, Crown Prince Frederik – who will become Frederik X.

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