Danish queen recovering from ‘major’ back surgery

Queen Margrethe II attends a service at Copenhagen Cathedral to mark her 50th anniversary of her accession to the throne on September 11, 2022 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Martin Sylvest/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

COPENHAGEN, Denmark—Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II, Europe’s longest-reigning monarch with a half-century reign, has undergone “major back surgery” and is in poor condition. “The situation is good and stable,” Palace said.

According to the royal family, the 82-year-old Queen will be hospitalized for “a while,” followed by a period of recovery and rehabilitation.

Some official duties have been postponed, canceled or handled by other members of the royal family.

The Queen’s eldest son and heir to the throne, Prince Frederick, his wife, Princess Mary, and the Queen’s sister, Princess Benedict, will intervene, the palace announced Wednesday hours after the surgery.