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Op-Ed: Danish monarchy shines, while democracy sputters

Posted Jan 10, 2011 by Bradley Axmith
One of the world’s oldest monarchies quietly welcomed twins into the royal family Saturday, expanding the future king’s brood to four.
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“On 8 January 2011 Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary gave birth to two healthy children at Righospitalet in Copenhagen,” read the Danish statement from the Royal Court of the Crown Prince.
Crown Prince Frederik, 42, and Crown Princess Mary, 38, added a boy and girl to the popular monarchy, whose blood runs 1,000 years back to the viking King Gorm the Old—Denmark’s last pagan king—and can be found in the DNA of most royal families across Europe.
In so doing, the royal pair also added to the joy of Queen Margrethe II, with her motto, “God’s help, the love of the People, Denmark’s strength,” has steered the royal family’s gradual modernisation since 1972.
In a 2009 referendum, an amendment to the constitution ensures that the first born daughter of future kings and queens stand first in line to the thrown instead of yielding to the eldest son.
The modification of royal succession secured the monarchy continued popularity, enhancing yet the public view of Crown Prince Frederik and his Tasmanian-born wife in the Scandinavian kingdom that is generally marked with less disparity between the sexes than continental Europe.
Though inclined to recuse itself from actively participating in the country’s democracy due to the weight of parliament’s indulged monopoly of power, the royal household is more highly-esteemed than the current governing coalition, who will try to disabuse Danes of their growing reluctance to provide them yet another election victory when they go to the polls within a year, despite a lethargic economy, countless scandals and dissention within the ranks.
The arrival of the royal twins, breathing new life into the soul of the nation, has heightened spirits but not the quality or substance of this country’s politicians. Absent a constitutional court, the notion of a separation of powers seems incomplete but for a more active role by the royals who could, at the very least, help keep minority governments a little more honest.