European monarchs congratulate King Frederik as he joins their ranks

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Europe’s monarchs have sent congratulatory messages to King Frederik as he joins their ranks as monarch of a European country.

The monarchs from Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom have all wished Frederik well in his new role.

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, who took the throne in 2013 after the abdication of King Albert, said:

“Queen Margrethe II of Denmark abdicated today in favour of her son, bringing to an end the longest reign in Danish history. For 52 years, as Sovereign, she put the interests of the Danish nation and people first. Her way of exercising the royal function and her dedication will remain an example to us all.

“The King and Queen have warm memories of each of their encounters with the Queen. They wish King Frederik X and Queen Mary of Denmark all the best in their new roles. May this new era for the Danish nation be filled with happiness and prosperity.”

King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Princess Beatrix (the latter of whom abdicated in favour of her son in 2013) said:

“After 52 years, Denmark is getting a new head of state today. With warmth and affection we honour Queen Margrethe for her unconditional and remarkable commitment to Denmark. We look forward to meeting King Frederik X and Queen Mary in their new role and continue to cherish the close friendship between the Netherlands and Denmark.”

King Harald of Norway paid tribute to Queen Margrethe and wished the new King Frederik well as he became Denmark’s head of state. His full remarks can be read here.

Another monarch who took the throne after the abdication of his parent, King Felipe of Spain sent congratulations alongside his wife, Queen Letizia:

“Our congratulations on the beginning of your Reign, with the greatest personal affection and best wishes for the people of Denmark.”

King Carl XVI Gustaf, a second cousin to King Frederik, also sent a touching message to his family in Denmark:

“Your Majesty,
Dear Frederik!

“When you ascend the Danish throne today, I send my and the Swedish people’s congratulations to you and the people of Denmark.

“To you and Queen Mary, I would also like to express my and my family’s most heartfelt wishes for success.

“This day reminds us of the historical community, closeness and cordiality that binds our two countries and families.

“It is my hope that the already very close Danish-Swedish relations will deepen even more in the years ahead.”

King Charles also sent Frederik well wishes from London:

“My wife joins me in writing to convey our very best wishes on the day of your accession to the throne of the Kingdom of Denmark. I look forward to working with you on ensuring that the enduring bond between our countries, and our families, remains strong and to working together with you on issues which matter so much for our countries and the wider world.

“I pay tribute to the many years of service of your mother, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II, and remember fondly the frequent visits between our countries, including our visit to Copenhagen and Elsinore in 2012.

“I was delighted that Your Majesties were able to attend our Coronation last year and I much look forward to future opportunities to celebrate the close connection that unites our countries and our families.”

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