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Crown Prince of Denmark
Spouse Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark
Prince Christian
Princess Isabella
Full name
Frederik André Henrik Christian
House House of Laborde de Monpezat
Father Henri de Laborde de Monpezat
Mother Margrethe II of Denmark
Born 26 May 1968 (1968-05-26) (age 41)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Danish Royal Family
Royal Coat of Arms of Denmark.svg

HM The Queen
HRH The Prince Consort

Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark (Danish: Frederik André Henrik Christian, Kronprins til Danmark; born: Copenhagen, 26 May 1968) is the heir apparent to the Throne of Denmark. Frederik is the elder son of Queen Margrethe II and Henrik, the Prince Consort. If Crown Prince Frederik becomes king, as he is expected to, he will be counted in English as Frederick X of Denmark.


Education and military service

His godparents include Prince Georg of Denmark, Baron Maximilien de Watteville-Berckheim, Count Etienne de Laborde de Monpezat, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte of Luxembourg, and Mrs Birgitta Juel Hillingsø.

On 14 January 1972 he became Crown Prince of Denmark while his mother succeeded to the throne as Margrethe II.

The Crown Prince attended elementary school at Krebs' Skole during the years 1974–1981, from 1974–1976 as a private pupil at Amalienborg Palace, and from the third form at Krebs' Skole. In the period 1982–1983, the Crown Prince was a boarder at École des Roches in Normandy, France. In 1986, Crown Prince Frederik graduated from the upper secondary school of Øregaard Gymnasium.

He studied at Harvard University from 1992–1993 under the name of Frederik Henriksen, studying political science. He then took up a position for three months with the Danish UN mission in New York in 1994. He received an MSc in Political Science from the University of Aarhus, which he completed in February 1995. The Crown Prince was posted as First Secretary to the Danish Embassy in Paris from October 1998 to October 1999.

He has completed extensive military studies and training in all three services, notably completing education as a sailor in the naval elite special operations forces (members of this are known as frogmen or frømænd in Danish). His frogman nickname is "Pingo".[1]

In the period 2001 and 2002, the Crown Prince completed further training for leaders at the Royal Danish Defence College. Crown Prince Frederik remains active in the defence, and in the period 2002–2003 served as a staff officer at Defence Command Denmark, and from 2003 as a senior lecturer with the Institute of Strategy at the Royal Danish Defence College.

Marriage and children

In the Council of State on 8 October 2003, Queen Margrethe gave her consent to the marriage of Crown Prince Frederik to Mary Elizabeth Donaldson, an Australian marketing consultant whom the prince met when he was attending the Sydney Olympics in 2000. The wedding took place on 14 May 2004 at Copenhagen Cathedral, Copenhagen.

On 25 April 2005 the Danish royal court announced that Crown Princess Mary was pregnant with the couple's first child, and on 15 October 2005 she gave birth to a Prince. As it is a tradition in the Royal House that kings are named either Frederik or Christian, the baby was baptised Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John on 21 January 2006.

On 26 October 2006, the Danish court announced that the Crown Princess was pregnant with her second child. On 21 April 2007, The Crown Princess gave birth to a baby daughter at Copenhagen University Hospital, the first Danish princess born since 1946. The Crown Prince was at his wife's side the entire time. Their daughter was christened Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe on 1 July 2007.

Member of International Olympic Committee

On 9 October 2009, Crown Prince Frederik was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee, replacing former Danish member Kaj Holm. The Crown Prince was elected with the votes 77 for and 9 against. The Crown Prince's candidature was met with some skepticism in Denmark, as it would mean that the Crown Prince would be sitting in a semi-political committee along with several people who are suspected or even convicted of criminal acts. Another concern was the doubts on whether the Crown Prince's loyalty would be towards his country and government, as the Danish constitution prescribes, or with the International Olympic Committee, as is sworn upon election to the committee. The Crown Prince denied that it would ever become an issue.

The Crown Prince has announced that his point of focus and reason for joining the International Olympic Committee is to promote an active lifestyle among youth. He is elected for an eight-year period, and made it clear that he would terminate his membership upon ascending the Danish throne.

Other information

The Crown Prince couple currently resides in a side building at Fredensborg Palace, called The Chancellery House. They are expected to move to Amalienborg sometime in the future.

The Crown Prince receives an allowance or appanage set by the Folketing of approximately DKK 14,500,000 or about 1,950,000, of which the Crown Princess is entitled to 10%.

As a descendant of Queen Victoria through her granddaughter, Princess Margaret of Connaught, daughter of her 3rd son, Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, Prince Frederik is on the Line of succession to the British Throne as well, currently number 224.

He has a number of decorations, the most notable of which are:

  • Knight of the Order of the Elephant
  • Grand Commander of the Order of the Dannebrog
  • Silver Cross of the Order of the Dannebrog
  • The Silver Jubilee Medal of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (accession to the Danish throne)
Coat of Arms of Frederick the Crown Prince of Denmark.

Foreign Decorations:

He also has had many years in the Danish Armed Forces and in April 2004, the Crown Prince was appointed commander, senior grade in the navy, lieutenant colonel in the army and lieutenant colonel in the air force.

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Styles of
Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark
Coat of Arms of the Crown Prince of Denmark.svg
Reference style His Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Sir


  • 26 May 1968 – 14 January 1972: His Royal Highness Prince Frederik of Denmark
  • 14 January 1972 – 29 April 2008: His Royal Highness The Crown Prince of Denmark
  • 29 April 2008 – present: His Royal Highness The Crown Prince of Denmark, Count of Monpezat[2]

His official title in Danish is Hans Kongelige Højhed Kronprins Frederik til Danmark, Greve af Monpezat.


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Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark
Born: 26 May 1968
Danish royalty
Preceded by
First in line
Line of succession to the Danish throne
1st position
Succeeded by
Prince Christian of Denmark
Preceded by
Margrethe II of Denmark
Line of succession to the British throne


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