Danish queen has no plans to step down in favour of crown prince



STOCKHOLM (dpa)- Danish Queen Margrethe II, who turns 80 next year, has no plans to step down in favour of her oldest son except for serious health reasons.
"It's an assignment you have for life," the queen said in an interview published Sunday by Swedish daily Expressen.




The queen added she felt "no pressure" to change her stance about not abdicating, which she expressed in a book published 1990.
Margrethe became queen in 1972, succeeding her father, King Frederik IX.
The queen said she did not have the same physical strength as earlier.
"In the mirror you see that the years have passed and left traces, but I really don't feel very different to 10 years ago, even if I am an elderly woman," she said in the interview.
In 2018 she lost her husband, French-born Prince Henrik, whom she married in 1967. He had been in poor health for the last two years of his life.
Crown Prince Frederik, 51, accompanied the queen on a state visit to Argentina earlier this year. This triggered speculation of possible future preparations for the queen to step down. The queen told Expressen it was simply a matter "of two people being able to do more than one." 
The queen also said that she had "not been the world's best grandmother."
"I think it's wonderful with grandmothers who hug their grandchildren a lot. I'm not so good at that, I'm not a grandmother who sits and knits," she said, and laughed.
Her sons - Frederik and his younger brother, Prince Joachim -  have eight children. 
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Monday, September 30th 2019
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