Schedule of Danish abdication day revealed

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The full schedule for the Danish abdication day has been revealed.

The official events will begin at 1:35 pm when Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and Prince Christian leave Frederik VIII’s Palace at Amalienborg in a motorcade headed to Christiansborg Palace. Two minutes later, Queen Margrethe, escorted by the Guard Hussar Regiment, will leave Christian IX’s Palace, Amalienborg headed to Christiansborg in her carriage for the last time as monarch.

At 2:00 pm, the Council of State will be held at Christiansborg Palace with Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Christian joining the government and secretary of the Council of State. Queen Margrethe will sign a declaration of her abdication in the meeting, making Frederik King of Denmark.

After the 15-minute Council of State, Queen Margrethe will leave Christiansborg Palace in a motorcade back to Christian IX’s Palace.

By 2:30 pm, King Frederik and Queen Mary will host a levee for invited guests.

At 3:00 pm, King Frederik will appear on the balcony, and the Prime Minister will proclaim him as King of Denmark. The King will then address the Danish people before 3 x 27 shots are fired from the Sixtus Battery at 3:10 pm.

At the same time, the Royal Standard will be lowered from Christian IX’s Palace and raised at Frederik VIII’s Palace to signal the change in monarchs.

A carriage procession for the new King and Queen will follow at 3:30 pm from Christiansborg Palace to Frederik VIII’s Palace.

Events on 14 January conclude at 5:00 pm when the royal colours are transferred from Christian IX’s Palace to Frederik VIII’s Palace.

On 15 January, the Danish Parliament will host a reception for the Danish Royal Family at 10:00 am. The Speaker of the Parliament and the Prime Minister will both speak with the latter announcing Frederik as King of Denmark to Parliament.

On 21 January at 2:00 pm, the Royal Family will attend a celebratory church service at Aarhus Cathedral led by Royal Chaplain-in-Ordinary and Bishop of the Diocese of Aarhus Henrik Wigh-Poulsen.

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