Queen Margrethe spoke of Denmark's progress in her live annual New Year's Eve address. The Queen began by state, "When the clock strikes twelve at midnight, the old year come to an end. At that very moment, we toast the new year and wish each other "Happy New Year". On New Year's Morning, we wake up to embrace new days. They lie ahead of us, waiting for us, but the time that has passed lies behind us. And yet, --all the things that happen to us leave an impact and provide us with experience, good and not so good. We must carry that experience with us further in life". She then went on to discuss the Danish progress including the economy, saying that Denmark is getting richer but questioned if the people were getting any wealthier. Technology was another point with her Majesty giving credit to its positive contributions -- like being able to Face Time family across the globe -- as well as warning against its negative aspects. Her Majesty made sure to acknowledge emergency service personnel, as well. The Queen touched on several topics of the year including her son, Crown Prince Frederik's 50th birthday and the celebrations. The Queen's remarks also addressed her late husband, Prince Henrik's death in February 2018. Queen Margrethe told the Danish people that the Royal Family have much to be thankful for over the past year, "The Crown Prince, the Crown Princess, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie and my 8 wonderful grandchildren together with me have so much to say thanks for. We all feel the warm support which we encounter everywhere, on special occasions, as well as in day-today life." She concluded her speech saying, "Life brings us both sorrows and joys. let us welcome the new year with reflection and consideration. Let us carry our experience --good and not so good -- into the new year and let us embrace the year in a spirit of hope and confidence".
-"I wish you all a happy New Year! God Bless Denmark!"