Denmark’s queen has unexpectedly announced her abdication in her traditional New Year’s Eve speech.
Margrethe II will formally step down from the throne on 14 January – exactly 52 years to the day of her ascension to the throne in 1972.
She will be succeeded by her eldest son, Crown Prince Frederik.
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