Queen Margrethe of Denmark will undergo major back surgery as palace states her condition has ‘worsened’
Queen Margrethe of Denmark is set to undergo major back surgery later this month after consultation with doctors.
According to a statement released by the Danish Royal Household, the 83-year-old monarch will have the operation on February 22, with the procedure expected to involve a long period of rehabilitation.
“For quite some time, Her Majesty has been affected by problems with her back, and the situation has worsened recently. After consultation with Rigshospitalet’s specialists, The Queen has decided to undergo extensive surgery,” the palace stated on their official website.
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“The operation is planned for Wednesday, 22 February at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, where The Queen will thus also be hospitalised afterwards. Consequently, a longer sequence of physical rehabilitation is expected.
“This means that Her Majesty’s official program in the near future will be postponed, cancelled or handled by other members of The Royal Family.”
Queen Margrethe is now the longest-ruling monarch in the world, after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
She celebrated her Golden Jubilee in September 2022, marking 50 years since she took the throne.
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The Danish sovereign’s ongoing back issues have meant she was forced to remain seated during official receptions in Denmark recently.
Margrethe’s temporary incapacitation following the surgery could mean Crown Princess Mary is enlisted to step up on behalf of the Danish monarch during royal engagements.
However, the official diary only has two engagements listed for March 2023.
Several members of the Danish Royal Household can act as regent when Margrethe cannot attend an event, including Mary, Crown Prince Frederik, Prince Joachim and the Queen’s sister Princess Benedikte.
Margrethe now rules over a slightly slimmed-down Danish monarchy after announcing four of her grandchildren would lose their official HRH titles.
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Prince Joachim’s children Prince Nikolai, 23, Prince Felix, 20, Prince Henrick, 13, and 11-year-old Princess Athena, no longer carry the title of His or Her Royal Highness or Prince of Princess, with the change coming into effect in early 2023.
The four royals are now instead styled as Count or Countess of Monpezat.
The Queen’s announcement sparked outcry among Joachim’s family, with the 53-year-old accusing his mother of harming his children.
Margrethe later issued an extraordinary public apology, admitting she was “sorry” after she “underestimated” how much the children, and her youngest son Prince Joachim, would “feel affected”.
The decision, she said, was taken as a “Queen, mother and grandmother” and “necessary safeguard for the future of the monarchy”.
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