It is quite rare that Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark holds a press conference as well as photo opportunity, but with her upcoming 40th anniversary on the throne it is quite fitting that she spoke to the press.
This afternoon in the Great Hall at Christian IXs Palace, Amalienborg, 50+ journalists and photographers from around the world asked Her Majesty various questions ranging from abdication, politics, and her son His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik. When asked if whether the monarchy has an obligation to save in times of financial crisis Her Majesty replied:
We all live as we can, from the opportunities we have and try to use our resources wisely and not squander the resources we have available. We have always done, and we will always do so.
The Queen went on to thank the Danish people for the support and love for the monarchy stating, “I’ve had so much support from my family, from the Danes and the people who surround me. I really felt that I am a very, very lucky woman.”
Several journalists wondered what advice she has given to His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik when he will become the King of Denmark,
You must go in for it with everything you have. It’s something you do from morning to evening, all year round, throughout his life. You have to trust that it can be done, and that you can not stand completely alone with the task.
With regards to politics and advice for Denmark’s first female Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Her Majesty noted, “If I had any advice for her, so I’ll probably say it to her in private.” The Queen also made it clear during the press conference that she has no intention of abdicating in favor of the Crown Prince:
In my eyes, it lies in the very position you have in a hereditary monarchy. It is the essence that when the old king dies, becomes the new ruler. I feel it is a duty one has been handed down and which one should last a lifetime, as long as you live. It is a commitment that I actually feel very good about…
To watch several video clips as well as to view photos please click the links below:
Sources Berlingske, TV2, Politiken, and Associated Press
Photo courtesy of BT/M.Nissen