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Queen Mary undertakes her first independent engagement since King Frederik accession

King Frederik and Queen Mary took over the throne on January 14, 2024, after Queen Margrethe’s abdication

Javeria Ahmed

Queen Mary undertakes her first independent engagement since King Frederik accession

King Frederik and Queen Mary took over the throne on January 14, 2024, after Queen Margrethe’s abdication

Queen Mary undertakes her first independent engagement since King Frederik accession
Queen Mary undertakes her first independent engagement since King Frederik accession

Queen Marry of Denmark, who garnered the title of Queen since Queen Margrethe’s abdication and King Frederik’s accession, has made a first solo public outing as she took the duties.

At the 2024 European Men's Handball Championship in Cologne, Germany, the 51-year-old queen, attended her first solo engagement since her husband, King Frederik of Denmark, ascended to the throne. 

Queen Mary was present at the Lanxess Arena for the match between Denmark and France, where France emerged victorious with a 33-31 score. 

The Danish Royal House shared a photo of Queen Mary during the event.

“It was a very even match. The picture here was taken just before the second half started. What a finale…. Well fought, Denmark. It was up close and nerve-wracking to witness. It has been an impressive effort that you have all made at the European Championship. Congratulations on the silver medal which I had the honour to present,” read the Instagram caption, signed “ H.M. The queen.”


Queen Mary occupied the seat beside German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier throughout the match, extending congratulations to players from both teams on the court afterwards.

Read also: Denmark King Frederik X crowned as new monarch after Queen Margrethe II abdicates power

For the unversed, Queen Margrethe relinquished the throne on the 52nd anniversary of her accession, creating a historic moment as the first Danish monarch to voluntarily abdicate in almost nine centuries, according to the Danish Royal House history. W

hile the news surprised many Danes, Queen Margrethe attributed her decision to step down to the significant back surgery she underwent in 2023. 

In an official transcription translated into English, she noted that the surgery prompted contemplation about the future, leading her to conclude that "now is the right time" for the transition.

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