Queen Mary and King Frederik make historic trip to parliament as royals appear to quash feud

Queen Mary and King Frederik make historic trip to parliament as royals appear to quash feud

Denmark’s new King Frederick and Queen Mary visit parliament

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Hannah Ross

By Hannah Ross

Published: 15/01/2024

- 12:46

Updated: 15/01/2024

- 14:34

Queen Margrethe II formally abdicated the throne after a 52-year reign in Denmark

The new King and Queen of Denmark engaged in their first royal duty today with a trip to parliament alongside Prince Joachim, suggesting the royal feud is quashed.

Queen Mary and her husband were joined by their son, Prince Christian, 18, and the King’s mother, Queen Margrethe who stepped down from her position on Sunday.

Also joining the royals was Frederik’s brother, Joachim, 54, who attended with his wife, Princess Marie, and Margrethe’s sister, Princess Benedikte.

Outside parliament, Joachim and Frederik warmly greeted each other suggesting that any feud between the pair is resolved.

Danish King Frederik X and his mother, Queen Margrethe

King Frederik and his family attend the Danish Parliament today.


Queen Mary wore a blue skirt suit, hat and matching high heels and carried a bouquet of pink flowers. Her husband, the King, matched her style appearing in a dark blue suit.

The Danish Royal Family braved the freezing temperatures outside parliament before watching speeches by politicians.

In the chamber, Mary and her family listened to a speech by Mette Frederiksen, the Danish Prime Minister.

The Danish National Girls’ Choir also performed the song 'Danmark, mit fædreland' (Denmark, my fatherland) written by Hans Christian Anderson, to the family.

Queen Mary of Denmark

Queen Mary wore a blue skirt suit, hat and matching high heels.


The song, which is referred to as the new national anthem of Denmark, is reportedly a favourite of Queen Mary’s who looked emotional during the performance.

In 2017, the Queen said: 'It's more than a song. It is a declaration of love for Denmark, for history, for the language, for the culture, for the landscape.

“A love song that even I, even though I was not born in Denmark, can feel deep in my heart. And I know that you don't have to be born in a country to feel at home.”

Prince Joachim reportedly fell out with Mary after his children lost their Prince and Princess titles but stood alongside his mother today wearing a blue tie with red elephants.

Queen Mary and Prince Christian.

Queen Mary chats with her son, Crown Prince Christian.


King Frederik, Queen Mary and Prince Christian

Frederik X, and his wife, Mary, became the new King and Queen of Denmark on Sunday.


The Order of the Elephant is Denmark’s highest honour and typically given to children of the monarch and their spouses.

On Sunday, Queen Margrethe II abdicated the throne after 52 years during which she was the longest-running living monarch in Europe.

Her son, Frederik, and his wife, Mary, became the new King and Queen.

In his first public speech, the King said: “My mother, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe the second, has ruled Denmark for 52 years. For half a century, she has followed the times with our common heritage as a starting point.

“She will always be remembered as a Monarch beyond the ordinary. Like few, my mother has managed to be at one with her kingdom. Today, the throne passes on.

“My hope is to become an unifying king of tomorrow. It's a task I've been waiting for all my life. It is a responsibility I take on with respect, pride and great joy.”

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