February 21, 2024

By Jan M. Olsen | Related Press

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Europe’s longest reigning monarch Queen Margrethe rode via Denmark’s capital Thursday in a gilded, horse-drawn coach as she concluded her last public New 12 months’s earlier than her abdication later this month.

Hundreds, many cheering and waving flags, braved the freezing temperatures, robust winds, snow and sleet to cheer the favored queen alongside the route in what’s to be her final public look as monarch. She’s going to step down on Jan. 14 after 52 years on the throne.

The 83-year-old monarch will hand the throne to her oldest son, Crown Prince Frederik within the first such resignation in Europe’s oldest ruling monarchy in practically 900 years.

Margrethe rode within the so-called Gold Coach — pulled by six white horses — that’s used when the monarch rides from the royal residence on the Amalienborg Palace to the Christiansborg Palace throughout the conventional New 12 months’s fete with officers from the Armed Forces but additionally former Danish prime ministers Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Helle Thorning-Schmidt, amongst others.

The monarch, who makes use of a strolling stick, wore a fur coat and white gloves within the closed Nineteenth-century coach coated in pure gold leaf and topped with 4 gilded crowns on the roof. It was escorted by members of the Hussar Regiment in blue uniforms with crimson jackets.

5 hours later, Margrethe within the gilded coach left Christiansborg Palace to return to her residence on the Amalienborg Palace.

Earlier this week, Queen Margrethe held a sequence of occasions to greet the Danish authorities, parliament, high civilian and navy officers and overseas diplomats.

The Christiansborg Palace which is used for official royal occasions, comparable to gala banquets and public audiences, additionally homes the Danish parliament, the prime minister’s workplace and Denmark’s highest court docket. It’s situated a bit over half a mile from Amalienborg.