Each and every year, for as long as I can remember, the Danish Queen has made a speech on New Year’s Eve at 6pm (1800 Hours) to the Danish People.
As with any Royal event, my wife is ready for anything and this one is no exception. We always prepare some sort of mixed drink, in order to toast the Queen at the end of her speech. My late Father in-law would have grunted in all the right places, thus showing his acknowledgement of her thoughts, or disagreeing without saying it outright.
The Royalty have no real power, having to relinquish it to Democracy way back in 1849, when the Grundlov, or Constitution became the real power of the people. They are though present throughout the year at events throughout the whole of Denmark, the Faeroe Islands, and Greenland.
The speech usually mentions highlights of the year past, with an occasional uplifted finger, or a cloaked opinion at something which she might not consider to be a good thing in, or for Denmark.
The Queen ends her speech by mentioning all the Danes who are at work on New Year’s Eve, while the rest of us are celebrating. She also greets the Military, the Police and all Public Servants, wishing them a Happy New Year.
At the end of her speech, she uses these words, “GUD BEVARE DANMARK”. God save Denmark, thus ending her speech for the year.
We finish off this event by making a toast to her and her speech, leaving the news people situated outside her Palace to examine, and comment on her words to the Danish People.
That was my resume of this (still coming) yearly event, seeing it from an outsider’s point of view. I have only been here since 1991, and can’t be expected to completely understand, how a native Dane thinks and feels about this event.
Happy New Year – Godt Nytår fra Danmark!