Royal Events 2012

Queen Margrethe II Delivers New Year’s Speech 2012

Monday, December 31, 2012 in Amalienborg Castle, Copenhagen, Denmark

Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II delivered her New Year’s speech Amalienborg Winter Palace for the Danish royal family to live.

Margrethe II succeeded his father King Frederick IX on January 14, 1972,
only fourteen days after he delivered his last speech to the nation.

(Text: Jian Wang. Photo. Zhong Min Peng)

Her Majesty The Queen’s New Year’s Speech 2012

It’s New Year’s Eve. In a few hours, the town hall bells fall, so come the new year 2013. It happens inevitably, and we look forward to it with hope and expectation; But how it will be, we cannot know either for ourselves or for our society, for Denmark.

We set up forecasts, we make calculations, we do our best to keep the events behind us. The new year will always be an unknown country. Therefore, it is not just about what will happen, but much about how we take it.

We Danes have always seen ourselves as a diligent and enterprising people. The society that we have in Denmark has not come by itself. Our society is a result of the efforts we have made over the years to shape the future and progress: Skilled traders have sold Danish goods to distant countries. Unadulterated seafarers have sailed all over the world. Stubborn farmers have cultivated the heath of Jutland. Stubborn workers and craftsmen have done their part to make Denmark become the way it is today.

This is how we have jointly developed our society and so we want it to continue.

In times of crisis, difficulties may seem incalculable, and obstacles seem like blockages, not to get around. Therefore, it may be difficult to look to tomorrow if you have to stand outside while the wheels roll, and you are without work or fear of losing your job. Our society makes a great effort in our time to address these problems. However, we must be careful not only to leave it to society to cope with the peas. We must always start with ourselves, with our closest and with those we meet on our way. The individual can mean infinitely much by an encouraging remark, a helping hand, a considerate respect for the other person.

It has always been our strength here in Denmark that we know each other crosswise and that even the geographical distances are small. The crisis that characterizes the world community these years, and which is also felt here with us, should call for all our ingenuity and success for the benefit of each and all of our society: for our country’s future.

In times of adversity, it is not just the big, external conditions that we must be aware of. We must also think about how we personally relate to each other and to ourselves.

There is a tendency in the time to draw a picture of the perfect life with spouse, children, inspirational work, exciting hobbies, a youthful

appearance regardless of age. Who can live up to it all? Why should we? We all encounter adversity sooner or later. We break the throat of the crises that can hit us if only the perfect – and superficial – life is good enough!

I think it is especially the young people who are vulnerable. The modern means of communication with the Internet and Facebook offer great opportunities, but there are also dangers associated with it. The very young can become so preoccupied with the fact that, so to speak, they live in cyberspace, that reality is lived on the other hand in a kind of showcase where it is more important to look out than to be themselves. But the young must reach themselves, not just as a group, but as the individual people they are. We must help them; not by clearing each one a stone on their way, but by instilling them faith in themselves so that they can survive.

Tomorrow, January 1, it is forty years since Denmark entered the European community. The European community was created on the basis of a Europe in ruins after World War II. It was created in recognition of the need to build up and cooperate across national borders.

With our entry we made that clear, which has always been our conditions both economically and geographically: that we are part of the continent, which is called Europe, that our entire culture, our history, our daily life is characterized by the fact that we are a part of Europe.

It was a big step for us, and neither has it been unchallenged; but it is a fact that our continent with the European community has lived through a blossom that everyone has benefited from, and that we have experienced a rampant peace after centuries of war and peace and mutual distrust. We must cherish the benefits.

In this autumn, I had the pleasure of making a short visit to Greenland, when the Faroe Islands Command and Greenland’s Command were merged into the new Arctic Command with headquarters in Nuuk. The new command is a testimony to the new challenges and opportunities that the development of the Arctic brings.

Not least Greenland is faced with decisions of vital importance to society’s development. We must pay attention to everyone in the North and in the South.

Well there are thousands of nautical miles between Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands, but in the Kingdom of Denmark our mutual connection and common history are expressed. Me and my family have always felt closely connected to both Greenland and the Faroe Islands. With these words, I send my warmest New Year’s wishes and greetings to everyone in Greenland and to everyone in the Faroe Islands.

I will also send my warm New Year’s greeting to the Danish minority in Southern Schleswig. Here the Danish spirit is still alive. It is rooted in ancient traditions, but is also visible in the present. That Danishness is allowed to flourish south of the border, I see as an expression of friendship, respect and good neighborly relations between Danes and Germans.

For everyone who is holding a New Year away from Denmark, my greeting and my good wishes go. In particular, I will send my greeting to our soldiers and other emissaries on dangerous items. They make a great and courageous effort, which makes Denmark honor. For them and their relatives, I want a happy new year. We had to get them all well-kept back home.

Also, our veterans and their relatives go my thoughts tonight. For some of them, their broadcast is not an overdue chapter, for both they and their relatives have to contend with the consequences of what they have been through. May the new year bring them new courage and we all had to help secure their future as well.

A society like ours would not be able to hang together, unless there were some who, even on a New Year’s Eve, stay on their post to ensure security for all of us. I wish them each a happy New Year and thank them for their efforts.

We celebrate New Year’s Eve with friends and family, and we remember the year that went and what it brought us. Often we have to miss some who belong to the circle, perhaps because they are far away. But one or more we must miss because we will never be with them again. My New Year’s thoughts go to anyone who must sit with that grief and it needs.

The year 2012 has for me in many ways been in the 40 year anniversary sign. On the last night of the year, I would like to thank all the attention that has become my part all over the country and, so to speak, every single day. It has pleased and warmed me more than I can say. My family has throughout the year felt surrounded by warm devotion. It came to light not least when Prince Joachim and Princess Marie got their little daughter in January and at her baptism later in the year.

Together with the Prinsgemalen, with the Crown Prince Couple and with Prince Joachim and Princess Marie, I thank for the year that went.

I wish everyone a good and blessed New Year.