With the Danish Queen's husband stricken with dementia, Mary and Fred may soon take the throne.
With Queen Margrethe of Denmark's health hanging in the balance and news of her abdication imminent, it's likely Australian Princess Mary and husband Prince Frederik will be taking the throne soon.
Last week, the 77-year-old Danish monarch was forced to pull out of a planned engagement in the UK after falling ill midway through the trip.
And now, with the announcement that Margrethe's husband, Prince Henrik, is suffering from dementia, royal expert Sebastian Olden-Jorgensen sensationally reveals that she could announce her abdication in her New Year's speech/
Despite the fact that abdication isn't a Danish tradition, Sebastian explains the Queen's sudden bad health has forced her to do a U-turn on her previous decision to rule Denmark until her death.
Danish publication Ud & Se, the 45-year-old mum-of-four appeared to hint at her upcoming roles as Queen as she spoke about her upcoming role as Queen as she spoke about the transformation her life has undergone over the years.
'We humans are good at adapting. But, of course, it's pretty wild to be thinking of where I grew up and where I am today, sitting here talking with you. But because things happen one step at a time, they become possible to comprehend.'
Mary and Fred have certainly upped their royal duties lately. Just this month alone, Mary met with Hungarian First Lady in Budapest, made a whirlwind appearance in New York to attend the UN General Assembly and held a business summit in Denmark.
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