The Proclamation of King Frederik X on January 14, 2024, was a moment that came upon the Danish people suddenly. Queen Margrethe’s announcement of her abdication just two weeks previously had been a shock. The much admired monarch was quitting the stage as the passing years had taken their toll. How her son would be received by the nation was eagerly awaited. The speed at which events had taken place could be seen with the monarchy’s official website offline on the day of the proclamation. The moment of accession was taking place in a rather febrile, somewhat unprepared atmosphere.
Queen Margrethe’s decision had been a personal one and the machinery of Monarchy and State seemed to be lagging behind her. Understandably so as she is the first Danish monarch to abdicate in over 900 years. A difficult personal decision as her sense of history and duty runs very deep. But she is also equally strong willed and clearly when the time came to step down she took her own decision. But as the events of the day progressed the extent and strength of the support directed toward the Royal Family became wonderfully apparent.
2024 has opened with the news that the Princess of Wales has undergone surgery and King Charles a procedure for an enlarged prostate gland. Serious issues in life but happily in Kate’s case the surgery was successful. Whilst few details were given Buckingham Palace did confirm that the condition was not cancerous. It was unexpected news, even more so with Kate’s festive season engagements showing her in great form. The secrecy can be put down to William and Kate’s strict rules round their personal privacy. Kate, who celebrated her 42nd birthday in January, was admitted to The London Clinic for the planned procedure. She was said to be “doing well” after surgery, palace sources confrimed.