Danish royals make first appearance since abdication announcement

crown princess mary crown prince frederik denmarkPhoto: Royal Hashemite Court

The Danish Royal Family held their first New Year banquet just a day after Queen Margrethe announced her intent to abdicate.

The first New Year levee of the year was hosted by Queen Margrethe for the government, representatives of official Denmark and the Royal House’s management.

Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Princess Benedikte, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie attended the event at Christian VII’s Palace.

The royals arrived in the rain but still stopped to pose for photographs for the awaiting journalists outside the palace. Crowds were gathered in the courtyard, and once the future King and Queen of Denmark stepped out of their car, they were met by cheers and applause.

Last to arrive, Queen Margrethe received the most cheers from the crowd before she entered the palace and inspected the Royal Life Guard before entering the hall for the banquet – a role that will fall to Crown Prince Frederik in a year.

New Year levees date back to the 17th century in Denmark for the Royal House.

Queen Margrethe will abdicate in favour of Crown Prince Frederik on 14 January.

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