Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Royal Profile: Prince Joachim of Denmark

Prince Joachim Holger Waldemar Christian of Denmark, Count of Monpezat was born on 7 June 1969, and is the son of Queen Margrethe II & Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark{Source}. He is included in the order of succession to the Throne in 5th place after his brother, two nephews and two nieces and may act as Regent when HM The Queen and HRH Crown Prince Frederik are abroad{Source}. He has one older brother, a sister in law and two nephews and two nieces:
  1. Crown Prince Fredrik of Denmark (1968)
    1. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (1972) 
      1. Prince Christian of Denmark (2005)
      2. Princess Isabella of Denmark(2007)
      3. Prince Vincent of Denmark (2011)
      4. Princess Josephine of Denmark (2011)
Prince Joachim was christened on 15 July 1969 and confirmed in the Chapel of Fredensborg Castle on 10 June 1982. Prince Joachim was christened in the Århus Cathedral on 15 July 1969 and confirmed in the Chapel of Fredensborg Castle on 10 June 1982. For his christening, his godparents were {Source}:

  1. Count Jean Baptiste de Laborde de Monpezat
  2. Princess Benedikte of Denmark (maternal aunt)
  3. Princess Christina of Sweden


He was married the first time to Alexandra Christina Manley, now Alexandra Christina, Countess of Frederiksborg on 18 November 1995 {Source}. Sadly, after several years and two children, the marriage ended in separation and divorce in September 2004, with it being finalized in April 2005{Source}. However, they remain on friendly terms and have shared custody of their children. Their two children are:
  1. Prince Nikolai William Alexander Frederik (1999)
  2. Prince Felix Henrik Valdemar Christian (2002

Prince Joachim married Princess Marie of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat on 24 May 2008{Source}. Together, they have two children{Source}:
  1. Prince Henrik Carl Joachim Alain of Denmark (2009)
  2. Princess Athena Marguerite Françoise Marie of Denmark (2012)


The young prince was primarialy educated in Denmark and France, but also studied in Australia {Source}. Like his brother, he attended Krebs' Skole during the years 1974-1982, from 1974-1976 as aprivate pupil at Amalienborg Palace {Source}. During the 1982-1983 school year, he was a boarder at École des Roches in Normandy, France {Source}. In 1986, Prince Joachim graduated from the upper secondary school of Øregaard Gymnasium{Source}, and in the period 1986-1987, the Prince worked on a farm at Wagga Wagga in Australia{Source}. From 1991 to 1993, Prince Joachim completed his studies in agrarian economics at the Classenske Agerbrugskole Næsgaard on the island of Falster{Source}. Having been educated in Europe and abroad, he speaks several languages including{Source}: Danish, French, English and German.

Prince Joachim’s military education began in 1987 when he was a recruit in the Queen's Own Regiment{Source}. In 1988, Prince Joachim was appointed as a sergeant, and in 1989, he was appointed as a lieutenant of the reserve{Source}. After becoming a lieutenant, Prince Joachim served as a Platoon Commander of a tank squadron in the Prince's Own Regiment from 1989 to 1990{Source}. In 1990, Prince Joachim was appointed a first lieutenant of the reserve and in 1992, after completion of advanced training level I for officers of the reserve (VUT I), came his appointment as a captain of the reserve{Source}. From 1996 to 2004, Prince Joachim was the commander of a tank squadron in the mobilization force of the Prince's Own Regiment and, from 2005, was attached to the Danish Division’s staff as a major of the reserve{Source}. Following appointment as a lieutenant colonel of the reserve in 2011, Prince Joachim was designated as the chief of the Liaison Officers Group in Total Defence Region Fyn, Syd and Sønderjylland{Source}.

In addition to his agricultural background, Prince Joachim worked for the A.P. Møller Maersk Group in Hong Kong and France, respectively, from 1993 to 1995 in order to broaden his business experience{Source}. Today, the Prince operates Schackenborg Manor, which has been in his possession since 1978{Source}.

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