Queen Margrethe II of Denmark has played down talk of abdicating the throne in favor of her son, in an interview given at the start of celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of her coronation.
"In my eyes, it’s part of the position that you have when you inherit a monarchy: It is a task you have handed down to you, and that you keep as long as you live, the way my father did and my grandfather before him," she said at a press conference on Tuesday at the Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen.
Her renewed commitment came just a week after a new poll found that 40 percent of Danes believed that Margrethe, 71, should abdicate within 10 years to make way for her son, Crown Prince Frederik, while only 31 per cent believed she should stay in place.
The poll, by Megafon, the Danish opinion research group, found that support for the monarchy in Denmark remained high, with more than 77 percent of Danes supporting it, and only 16 per cent wanting the country to become a Republic.
On Saturday January 14, to mark the 40th anniversary of her coronation, Queen Margrethe plans to take a coach ride around Copenhagen and hold a grand reception at Copenhagen’s City Hall, after first travelling to the cathedral at Roskilde, Denmark’s medieval capital, to lay a wreath at the grave of her parents, King Frederik IX’s and Queen Ingrid.