Thursday, May 26, 2016

Royal Profile: Crown Prince Fredrik of Denmark

Crown Frederik André Henrik Christian of Denmark, Count of Monpezat was born on 26 May 1968, the elder of two sons to Queen Margrethe II & Prince Henrik of Denmark {Source}. He is first in line to succeed to the throne and is the regent when HM The Queen is out of the country {Source}.

He was christened at Holmens Kirke (the naval church) on 24 June 1968{Source}.His godparents were{Source}:
  1. Prince Georg of Denmark (his maternal 3rd cousin 1x removed) 
  2. Queen Anne-Marie of The Hellenes (his maternal aunt)
  3. Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte of Luxembourg
  4. Maximilien de Watteville-Berckheim, Baron de Watteville-Berckheim
  5. Count Etienne de Laborde de Monpezat
  6. Mrs Birgitta Juel Hillingsø
He was confirmed on 28 May 1981{Source}.

He has several godchildren of his own:
  1. Count Gregers Carl Preben Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille (1995)
  2. Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece and Denmark (1998, his maternal cousin 1x removed)
  3. Prince Nikolai William Alexander Frederik of Denmark (1999, his nephew)
  4. Countess Ingrid Alexandra Irma Astrid Benedikte von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (2003, his maternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  5. Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway (2004, his 3rd cousin 1x removed through Frederick VIII of Denmark)
  6. Rosemarie Heering (2005)
  7. India Handwerk (2006)
  8. Countess Ingeborg Wilhelmine Alexandrine Wedell-Wedellsborg (2015)
  9. Prince Oscar Carl Olof of Sweden, The Duke of Skåne (2016, his maternal 2nd cousin 1x removed via King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden)


Denmark's future King attended the Krebs' Skole from 1974-1981. His early years (1974-1976), he was associated with the school via a private tutor {Source}. During the 1982-1983 school year, the future Danish King attended École des Roches in Normandy, France {Source}. In 1986, the Crown Prince graduated from Øregaard Gymnasium{Source}. In 1995, he graduated from the University of Aarhus with a MSc (Political science) {Source}. He also studied at Harvard University during the 1992-1993 school year{Source}.

The Crown Prince has an extensive international business background{Source}. In 1994, the young prince served at the Danish UN Mission and was posted at the Royal Danish Embassy in Paris as a first Secretary of the Embassy{Source}.

The future monarch of Denmark also has an extensive military background. He has taken part in several training courses in the Danish military{Source}. Crown Prince Frederik’s military education began in 1986 as a recruit in the Queen’s Life Guard Regiment{Source}. In 1988, he was appointed as a lieutenant of the reserve{Source}. After obtaining that rank, the Crown Prince became a platoon commander in the Royal Danish Hussar Guard Regiment in 1988{Source}. In 1989, he was appointed as a first lieutenant of the reserve{Source}. The Crown Prince completed frogman training with the Royal Danish Navy Frogman Corps in 1995{Source}. The same year, the Crown Prince was appointed as a first lieutenant of the reserve (navy), and he was appointed as a lieutenant commander of the reserve (navy) in 1997{Source}. Also in 1997, the Crown Prince was appointed as a captain of the reserve (army), and in 2000, he was appointed as a captain of the reserve (air force){Source}. Between 2001 and 2002, the Crown Prince completed further training step II for leaders at the Royal Danish Defense College, and in 2002, he was appointed as a major of the reserve (army and air force) as well as a commander (navy){Source}. In 2002 and 2003, Crown Prince Frederik served as a staff officer at Defense Command Denmark, and he also became a senior lecturer with the Institute of Strategy at the Royal Danish Defense College in 2003{Source}. In April 2004, the Crown Prince was appointed as a commander,senior grade in the navy, lieutenant colonel in the army and lieutenant colonel in the air force{Source}.

As a future world leader, the Crown Prince of Denmark speaks many languages {Source}. His native tongue is Danish {Source}. He also speaks his father's native tongue, French {Source}. He also speaks English and German {Source}.

The Prince has participated in numerous expeditions. In 1986, he participated in an expedition to Mongolia {Source}. In 2000, he participated in "Expedition Sirius 2000" (a 4 month 2795 KM dog-sled expedition in the northern part of Greenland) {Source}{Source}.

He met his future bride, Mary, at an Australian pub during the 2000 Sydney Olympics{Source}. They were wed on 14 May 2004 in Copenhagen Cathedral{Source}. Together, they have four children:
  1. Prince Christian Valdemar Henri Jean of Denmark, Count of Monpezat (2005)
  2. Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat (2007)
  3. Prince Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander of Denmark, Count of Monpezat (2011)
  4. Princess Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat (2011)


Today, the future monarch resides with his family at the Chancellery House at Fredensborg Palace and also in Frederik VIII's Palace at Amalienborg Palace {Source}.

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