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After 52 years, Denmark has welcomed its new king.

King Frederik X ascended the throne on Sunday along with his wife, Queen Mary. This comes after his mother, Queen Margrethe II formally abdicated as queen and stunned the Scandinavian country.

The voluntary abdication of the throne was the first done by a Danish royal in almost 900 years.

On Sunday, Margrethe signed the declaration of her abdication before rising out of her seat. She then gestured to her son Frederik to the seat and said to him “God save the King” before she left the room.

The 55-year-old was then proclaimed king by Mette Frederiksen, the country’s Prime Minister. Frederik wore a ceremonial military uniform with medals and addressed the massive crowd in Copenhagen from the balcony.

“My hope is to become a unifying king of tomorrow. It is a task I have approached all my life. It is a task I take on with pride, respect and joy.”

Frederik is married to 51-year-old Queen Mary who was born in Australia. They have three children, Christian (18) Isabelle (16), and twins Josephine and Vincent (13).

With his parents becoming the king and queen of Denmark, Christian is now the new heir to the throne, followed by his siblings.

Image credit: CNN

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