On Thursday morning, the streets of Copenhagen were thronged with well-wishers when the nation’s monarch Queen Margrethe II made the final public appearance of her nearly 52-year reign. Four days after the queen surprised the nation by announcing her decision to abdicate the throne for her son, Crown Prince Frederik, during her annual televised New Year’s Eve speech, she took a last ride in the nation’s Gold State Coach from her residence at Amalienborg Palace to a levee for members of the armed forces at Christiansborg Palace.
During the ride in the carriage, which was pulled by six white horses, she was joined by former Danish prime ministers Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Helle Thorning-Schmidt. At the Christiansborg Palace, which is home to the nation’s parliament, called the Folketing, and a frequent location for royal events, Margrethe was joined by Frederik, and his wife and future queen, Crown Princess Mary. The event is usually the largest of the multi-day New Year’s celebrations for the Danish royals, and on Thursday, Margrethe, Frederik and Mary greeted members of the nation’s military and their emergency management agency.
The night after Margrethe announced the abdication, she hosted the annual New Year’s Levee and Banquet for senior government ministers at Christian VII’s Palace, one of the four palaces that make up the Amalienborg complex. The guest list included including Frederik’s younger brother, Prince Joachim, his wife, Princess Marie, and Margrethe’s sister, Princess Benedikte, along with the nation’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, speaker of the Folketing, Søren Gade, and 23 other government ministers. According to the Danish newspaper Berlingske, the guests enjoyed a four-course dinner along with live music from Royal Life Guards Music Corps, who played both classical music and tunes by Abba and the Beatles.
After the banquet, Frederik and Mary continued to join the queen at her traditional New Year’s events, including a Wednesday audience with the nation’s diplomatic corps. During the event, Mary matched her mother-in-law’s typical style in a navy high-necked satin blouse, though she added a matching pair of Jimmy Choo suede pumps.
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