On December 31, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark delivered her annual New Year speech live from Christian IX’s Palace at Amalienborg in Copenhagen.
The theme of the speech focused on the world economic crisis and social differences stating, “… we must support each other and not give up. As a society we can not dig ourselves into the concerns, but focus on problem and do something about it.”
Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II also urged young people not to let themselves break the during these bad times. “Maybe one should move to another city or another province, where opportunities for work or education is better there” she said. The queen also made it clear that certain people are not equally strong and equally good to fight through these difficult times. Someone “…so to speak loses its grip on life … these people are in my thoughts this evening…” she said.
The queen also discussed her memorable visit to the Helmand Province in Afghanistan where she spent time with the Danish soldiers stationed in the region. She praised their efforts in Afghanistan as well as the Danish missionary pilots in the civil war in Libya thanking them for their “…outstanding…” effort.
The New Year speech ended with the year’s most important events for the royal family. The joy of the Danish royal twins birth last January 2011 and the upcoming birth of Her Royal Highness Princess Marie’s second child.
To watch a video of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II’s speech please click here.