In the event you’ve at all times needed to know extra about King Charles’ enlarged prostate or Kate Middleton’s stomach well being, this 12 months is off to an distinctive begin. However for the remainder of us, it’s been a notably un-scintillating time to maintain up with the British royal household. The fleeting delight of encountering the Britishism “in hospital” repeatedly can solely take us up to now. Thank goodness The Crown is over and received’t must deal with such paltry materials.
Perhaps it’s time to alter the channel. Ever since New 12 months’s Eve, when Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II introduced her plan to abdicate her place, setting in movement her son Frederik’s speedy ascent to the throne, I’ve been questioning if the Danish royal household is the place it’s at. To be trustworthy, this additionally in all probability has one thing to do with the truth that I visited Denmark for the primary time a pair months in the past. I even went contained in the church the place Margrethe goes to be entombed ultimately. They have already got the particular room picked out and all the pieces. I suppose if you go to a dwelling individual’s tomb, you possibly can’t assist however take an curiosity in how they’re filling the time between now and once they, er, take up residence there.
To catch you up, Margrethe abdicated on New 12 months’s Day, and it got here as a shock, as a result of it was “the primary time a Danish monarch has stepped down voluntarily in practically 900 years,” in keeping with the Related Press. Now we’re speaking! As for why, she pointed to well being points, however ceding the throne to the following technology can also be apparently a rising pattern amongst European royals, from the Netherlands to Spain. There has moreover been hypothesis that Margrethe’s choice will spark a motion amongst her fellow Scandinavians in Sweden and Norway.
Margrethe was and is understood for her quirks and passions: chain-smoking (although she gave it up after a surgical procedure final 12 months), artwork and design, eschewing the web and cellphones … and he or she as soon as translated Simone de Beauvoir! In any other case, many individuals in contrast her to the Britain’s late Queen Elizabeth, as a result of each had prolonged reigns and have been paragons of nonpolitical unity. In the event you’re simply getting up to the mark on the Danish royal household, as I’m, there do appear to be a good variety of analogues to the British throne: Margrethe’s son is Denmark’s Charles (his father/Margrethe’s husband died in 2018), and Denmark even has a Kate Middleton (a commoner—from Australia!—who turned a princess, and now queen), although she’s married to its Charles equal quite than its William.
With Frederik now the sovereign, the household is producing extra headlines in English-speaking publications than ever: The king went on his first overseas journey as a monarch and his son Crown Prince Christian is babysitting the nation whereas he’s gone! Too many individuals are attempting to go to Princess Isabella’s faculty! Queen Mary went to a handball event! Perhaps a few of these are a bit tedious … OK, OK, right here’s the great things: When King Frederik and Queen Mary kissed on the balcony of Christiansborg Palace after he was proclaimed king, the 2 have been presenting a “united entrance” “amid affair rumors,” per Folks. In November, the then-prince prompted hypothesis of a romance after being photographed with a Mexican-born socialite, and is it potential the queen’s abdication was a approach to get them again collectively? Lastly, some intrigue!
And following the Danes shall be entryway into different international locations’ royals, since all these folks know one another. Crossover episodes! I hope we haven’t seen the final of Princess Maria Chiara of Bourbon Two Sicilies, who was rumored to be relationship Prince Christian final 12 months, as a result of her identify/title is just too good. It might be nice to get an replace on that Norwegian princess who relinquished her duties to marry a shaman. And it wouldn’t be out of the query for the Danish royals to combine with the crop high–loving billionaire king of Thailand, as a result of he apparently lives in Germany? Why not get the disgraced former king of Spain within the rotation, too?
To be clear, I’m not trying to totally exchange the British royals, and I’m not going to cease following them utterly—I believe that is extra akin to deciding to choose up one other Actual Housewives iteration, one with a clear slate, comparatively uncheckered with racism and crimes. I’ll nonetheless sustain with the flagship franchise; the British royal household is perhaps like Actual Housewives of New York on this metaphor—earlier than the reboot, let’s say, since that is already getting too sophisticated. It’s simply that I believe I even have room in my coronary heart for some new blood. Some new blue bloods, even. To additional prolong this, I suppose visiting Margrethe’s tomb was type of like consuming at Sur earlier than I ever watched Vanderpump Guidelines, which can also be one thing I did. (It might have been Pump.)
Please perceive that I’m additionally not saying I stan the Danish royal household now. There shall be no stanning of monarchy. Nonetheless, if I have been to stan a monarchy, I may undoubtedly do worse than the Danes. To begin with, the Danish monarchy is definitely in style among the many Danish folks—the AP reported that 70 % of the nation supported the monarchy in latest polls. The Danish household is allotted a lot much less cash than its British counterparts: The Danes obtain about $13 million in public funding a 12 months, in comparison with the Brits’ $109 million. And the place Charles’ coronation value an estimated $200 million and took months to plan, the Danish executed Frederik’s elevation to king in two weeks with a lot much less fuss—there was a ceremony, however no crowns or scepters. Even Greenland, a former Danish colony that presently has a strained relationship with Denmark, actually likes the royals?
There are additionally extra particular causes to really feel aghast in regards to the British royal household: Prince Andrew’s affiliation with Jeffrey Epstein and accusations of predation, Charles’ and Kate’s and the establishment’s extra usually alleged racism, Harry and Meghan overload. I’m not saying the Danes don’t have skeletons like this of their closet, but when they do, I haven’t gotten to them but. They’re, for now, a royal household you possibly can really feel much less dangerous about being fascinated by. It’s thrilling, having a whole new dynasty, with all its attendant lore and plotlines, to find out about. And when the British royals get attention-grabbing once more, I’ll be proper right here, able to tune in.