Copenhagen was one big party yesterday.
There are of course a lot of people around the world who thinks that Kings are oldfashioned. But then I think that it is because they compare a King to a president, ignoring that a King has a very different role in the society. Especially when looking at politically "strong" presidents like in France and the US.
You must also understand that this country, Denmark, is sort of ferrytale country. Is was natural that Hans Christian Andersen was Danish.
That said, there is no proof that republics have been more successful than kingdoms. On the other hand for instance Spain never experienced progress as since she got her King back. Japan rose from the ashes to one of the strongest economies since their Emperor changed status from "god" to Emperor. And things didn't start to go really bad in Russia until they killed their Zar.
Also when looking at Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Britain, they all have their faults, but they are all among the more successful countries on the world scale.
Denmark has been very fortunate that we have had one uninterrupted string of very bright Kings and Queens, at least since King Frederik VII, who started in office as sort of dictator, but gave us in 1848 the democratic constitution which with very minor amendments (such as voting power also to women) works perfectly well today.
I am pretty sure that our Crown Prince, who some day will take over as King Frederik X, will be no exception from the rule. And should that happen, then we can always blame it on the Americans because he studied international relations and law at the best US universities.
Yesterday we learned that our new Tasmanian Crown Princess is equally bright. And that she is so beautiful that she would fit right into a ferrytale by Hans Christian Andersen, which is really no disadvantage either.
BTW, a few years back a poll was arranged just for fun, if Denmark should become a republic, whom would you vote for as president? The result was that our present Queen Margrethe II
would win hands down. There would be no need for a Florida style vote count.
You guessed it, yes, I am a royalist, just like roughly 90% of all Danes.