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Old 01-01-2015, 01:11 AM
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As mentioned before, I think her speech was delightful as always – particularly "therefore, we must talk things up, instead of talking them down." A very important and relevant message. The joy in her eyes when she spoke about the Crown Princely family's trip to Greenland was so endearing. I also adored her little side-eye when there was a noise off-camera.

I was pleasantly surprised that she mentioned that she and Henrik will visit Greenland and the Faroe Islands during this coming summer. Could that be the places they are visiting on their summer tour this year or will it be official visits?

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Old 01-11-2015, 11:54 AM
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Just as the New Year Courts are a tradition here in DK, so is the speech by QMII on New Years Eve.
Each year, before the speech is aired, an honor guard march out and stand to attention.
When the speech is over, the royal anthem is played while the colour is lowered.
With Fredensborg Palace as background that made a really scenic picture:

Standing guard on New Years Eve, especially during QMII's speech is a sought after duty and there is never a shortage of volunteers among the guardsmen.

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Old 12-31-2016, 10:09 AM
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As you may have observed it's New Year and here in DK it means QMII will deliver her New Year speech live at 18.00. - Usually with more than two million watching.

And every year it's speculated what she's going to say. Not less this year after the announcement of PH's "retirement" last year.

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A couple of royal experts have been asked for their opinion.

At the same time a YouGov poll has shown that 30% of the Danes hope for an abdication announcement, 42 % hope she stays and 27 % are don't knows.
The two experts believe that it cannot be ruled out that QMII will actually announce an intent to abdicate. But not this year.
It's too close to PH's retirement.
But the court has said that the New Year speeches may be used for announcing "news", so both believe it may be likely that QMII will abdicate within a couple of years.
Partly because M&F are ready and partly because it should better happen now while M&F are in their prime.
One expert, believes such an announcement may come next New Year, because Frederik will turn 50 in 2018.
"She's had trials on the home front in the shape of Prince Henrik's retirement, which very obviously have reduced her capability for her abilities for doing her job, they way she prefers to. And then Frederik and Mary are ready for the task. They have established themselves with four children and Mary speaks excellent Danish. If Frederik is to be king while he is healthy and full of sprite, it's about time it happens now".

The other expert says:
"The Queen and the court have placed themselves in a sitiation where she can do it. The CP-couple have been moved up front. But at the same time the Queen is very much a person dedicated to duty and if she is to abdicate it must be because she feels it's her duty and not as an expression/statement of weakness or because she has been to do so by the retirement of Prince Henrik".

- We shall see. And with that I wish you a Happy New Year.
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Old 12-31-2016, 11:01 AM
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Why do the experts think the Queen may want to abdicate as she herself so often has ruled out the possibility of an abdication?
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Old 12-31-2016, 02:16 PM
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Old 12-31-2016, 02:19 PM
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I watched it live, and I think it was a good speech.

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Why do the experts think the Queen may want to abdicate as she herself so often has ruled out the possibility of an abdication?
Because the so-called experts love to speculate.

She became angry when she was asked by Norwegian journalists during King Harald's Silver Jubilee if she considered abdication. She said again that she felt that the role as monarch was for life.
The Queen is the most wonderful, forgiving, non judgmental person I know. Sarah Ferguson speaking in 2011.
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Old 12-31-2016, 02:31 PM
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I also watched it live even though I don't speak Danish so had no idea what she was saying, lol! I really felt for her as she obviously had a 'frog in her throat' as we say in the UK. I hope she's not suffering with a heavy cold or anything.
I also feel that for her to abdicate would be so out of character that there would have to be some really major reason so I personally hope that never happens.

I've found a link to an English translation of the Queen's speech on the Royal website and very good it is too.
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Old 12-31-2016, 02:56 PM
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Back when Beatrix, JC and Albert abdicated it was a shock. Other than the Dutch and Luxembourg, there was no tradition. Add to it three. Four counting the pope, abdicatons was shocking. But now it seems a lot if people have got on this boat of, younger is better, good for heir to come to the throne when young...... And attention going to the remaining monarchs and who could abdicate next. Margrethe, harald and Elizabeth all face this. Harald seems like the only possible one IMO, due to health issues, but he will likely just slow. This older generation was raised to believe they ruled for life. Beatrix, JC and Albert dudnt abdicate simply fir old age. That concept likely never crossed their mind, though Beatrix had the example of her mother and grandmother for abdication.

Speech wise, was a pretty good speech, first time I have read hers.
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Old 12-31-2016, 07:20 PM
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Here is a photo from the New Year address by H.M.The Queen.

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Old 01-01-2017, 07:33 AM
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As usual a well balanced speech by QMII.

You should be able to see it here:!/

Let's have a look at the honor guard from the Royal Lifeguard Regiment.

Every time as far back as I can remember, and I think since the speeches were first shown live, the honor guard has turned out in front of Amalienborg during the speech.
To the delight of the several thousands who have made it a tradition to toast and start the celebration at Amalienborg Square.
All the guardsmen volunteer for duty on New Years Eve, and it's just as sought after duty as standing guard on Christmas Eve and indeed on QMII's birthday.
Let's see what happens here:
Most of the guardsmen who are not on sentry duty march out of the guardsroom that is always located in the mansion used by the Monarch. So When Frederik becomes king, they'll move to M&F's mansion.
They are accompanied by a drummer and a fifer, who are signalmen.
And followed by their senior NCO, who on this night double as colour-sergeant. As I understand it on this night they carry the regimental colour, complete with campaign ribbons, rather than the colour of the individual battalion. The regimental colour and the three battalion colours stand in the colour chamber inside the mansion, when not in use. There is also a room dedicated to the colours in M&F's mansion - for when the time comes.
Outside they line up with the colour-sergeant in front. The metal-stands next to the guardsmen were previously used to rest the muskets.
Being long and with an attached bayonet they were too unwieldy inside the guardsrooms, if the had to turn out in a hurry, so they stood ready and loaded outside.
By now the honor guard are joined by the commanding officers.
The officer in command this New Years Eve, has had a father and an uncle who served in the Lifeguard, but he is the first to serve on this day, so he was pretty pleased!
Once the commanding officer has taken command, the detachment await the speech, just as the rest of DK.
When QMII has finished her speech, the colour is lowered in salute while the rest of the detachment present arms and then the royal anthem is played.
- And that's it, the show is over and the guardsmen return to their quarters.

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