King Harald of Norway prepares to deliver his New Year's message on December 31st 2013
The Norwegian king spoke of the vital role of the older and younger generations in making their country strong. And he focused on the importance of the country's constitution, underlining the freedoms it gave and guaranteed. The Danish queen talked of the range of community spirit shown by people of all ages and, like Harald, looked to history to show that the freedoms that so many enjoy today are only guaranteed when society works as one to make sure they are protected.
Margrethe II of Denmark delivering her New Year message on New Year's Eve 2013
In many ways, the speeches were more philosophical than those delivered by their counterparts across Europe over the Christmas holidays. But they had an element of looking forward that the earlier messages didn't. And they rounded off the speeches of good will from Europe's crowned heads for this festive season - all with the promise of hope for 2014.