Royal News Weekend Recap – Monday, January 1, 2024

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  • BBC: Queen Margrethe II: Danish monarch’s 52-year reign in pictures
  • BBC: Queen Margrethe II: Danish monarch announces abdication live on TV
  • Daily Mail: ‘Queen Mary’ takes centre stage! Danish Prince Frederik’s Aussie-born wife shines as the royal family turn out for annual New Year’s dinner a day after reigning Queen Margrethe abdicated ‘to put her wayward son on the throne and save his marriage’
  • Daily Mail: Meanwhile down under! Count Nikolai looks back on 2023 with glam photos in Australia where he started a new life after being stripped of his title – but as Frederik takes the throne, will ‘Denmark’s Prince Harry’ be brought back into the fold?
  • Daily Mail: Inside the court of Queen Mary: After Danish monarch’s shock abdication, how the life of the Australian-born Crown Princess will be transformed as she steps into her mother-in-law’s shoes
  • Daily Mail: Denmark’s backing for new king: Survey taken days before Queen Margrethe’s dramatic abdication revealed over 80% of population had a positive opinion of scandal-hit Crown Prince Frederik
  • Daily Mail: Did Queen Margrethe give up the throne to keep Denmark’s beloved Princess Mary on side? Monarch’s shock move sparks questions over whether her hand was forced by ‘affair’ rumours between her scandal-hit son Crown Prince Frederik and a Mexican socialite
  • Daily Mail: The chain-smoking ‘people’s monarch’: How Denmark’s Queen Margrethe defied convention by doing her own supermarket shopping and lighting cigarettes in public – and was even a set designer for a Netflix film
  • Daily Mail: Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II announces shock abdication in New Year’s Eve speech: Monarch who stripped relatives of royal titles in 2022 will stand aside for her scandal-hit son Crown Prince Frederik after 52 years on the throne
  • Danish Royal House: Abdication
  • Danish Royal House: Succession of the throne
  • Danish Royal House: Read HM The Queen’s New Year Address 2023
  • Hello: Crown Princess Mary is every inch a queen in glittering tiara alongside Queen Margrethe following abdication announcement – best photos
  • Hello: Queen Margrethe of Denmark announces shock abdication, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary to rule
  • People: Queen Margrethe of Denmark Announces She Will Abdicate in January After 52 Years on Throne


  • Daily Mail: Japan’s royal family beam in special portraits released to mark the New Year – hours before devastating 7.6 magnitude earthquake hit


  • People: Prince Albert Shares 2024 Message with Princess Charlene, Focusing on ‘Gratitude’ amid ‘Difficult’ Times

Multiple Monarchies

  • Daily Mail: Queen Margrethe of Denmark’s shock abdication leaves all major European monarchies with male heads of state – but now that heirs apparent across the continent are women and girls, the future is female
  • Daily Mail: Denmark’s Queen Margrethe broke ‘invisible pact’ between Scandinavian monarchs to never abdicate, royal expert says – but could her shock announcement cause a domino effect in Sweden and Norway?

United Kingdom

  • Daily Beast: Prince Andrew Prepares to Face New Epstein Allegations
  • Daily Mail: Charles and Camilla’s New Year shout-outs: King and Queen share 2023 highlights video which includes William and Kate, Gareth Southgate and Andy Burnham – but NOT Harry, Meghan or Andrew – as royals wish the nation a happy 2024
  • Daily Mail: Waving King and Queen attend New Year´s Eve Sandringham church service
  • Daily Mail: Tindall’s tips! Mike and Zara’s daughter Mia, 9, is the picture of concentration as she watches the races at Cheltenham with her cousins Savannah and Isla Phillips
  • Daily Mail: The oh-so-social royals! How 2023 was the year of social media for Prince William and Catherine as they stepped up their campaign to embrace the modern age (and match the slick Sussexes along the way…)
  • Daily Mail: The season for merriment, joy (and a touch of mischief…) How five-year-old Prince Louis became the heart-melting spirit of Christmas, as these pictures and videos show
  • Daily Mail: Queen Camilla admits she is ‘hopeless’ at mimicking characters when reading Harry Potter to her grandchildren – and says King Charles is a much better impressionist who can ‘do all the voices’
  • Getty Images: King Charles And Queen Camilla Attend Church At Sandringham
  • Hello: Zara Tindall enjoys New Year’s Day races with daughter Mia and nieces Savannah and Isla Phillips
  • Hello: King Charles and Queen Camilla are all smiles as they attend church at Sandringham on New Year’s Eve

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