Danish royal history was made today: Queen Margrethe II became just the second monarch in Danish history to abdicate the throne. She abdicated in favor of her son, King Frederik X. There was no coronation, or grand affair—instead, Margrethe signed her abdication papers during a meeting at Christiansborg Palace, and then Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen proclaimed Frederik king from the balcony of the palace.
Here, see all the best photos of Queen Margrethe's abdication and King Frederik X's accession:
Queen Margrethe traveled in a coach for the proclamation of King Frederik X and Queen Mary of Denmark at Amalienborg Palace Square.
A view of the official procession.
Crowds gathered outside the Palace, waving Danish flags.
The Associated Press reported, "The abdication document was presented to Margrethe as she sat at a massive table covered in red cloth around which royals and members of the Danish government were seated. Frederik, who was in a ceremonial military uniform adorned with medals, said beside her."
"God save the king," Margrethe said as she left the room.
A poignant shot of Margrethe leaving behind Frederik.
The new King Frederik appeared on the balcony solo at first.
He delivered a speech, and was joined by Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen.
Prime Minister Frederiksen officially proclaims Frederik as king on the balcony of Christiansborg Palace.
A view of the massive crowds.
Afterwards, King Frederik was joined by his wife, the new Queen Mary.
The new Danish king and queen waved to the crowds.
They even shared a brief kiss, to cheers.
Frederik and Mary were joined by their four children: Princess Isabella, Prince Christian, Princess Josephine, and Prince Vincent.
Mary looked regal in an ivory dress.
The new Danish king!
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