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Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark

Heir apparent to the throne of Denmark
The basics
Occupation Diplomat
Country Denmark
AKA Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, Count of Monpezat
Date of birth Copenhagen
Mother: Margrethe II of Denmark
Father: Henrik Prince Consort of Denmark
Spouse: Mary Crown Princess of Denmark
Children: Prince Christian of Denmark Princess Isabella of Denmark Prince Vincent of Denmark Princess Josephine of Denmark
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The details

Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, Count of Monpezat, RE, SKmd (Frederik André Henrik Christian; Danish pronunciation: [ˈfʁæðˀʁæɡ̊]; born 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.

Early life

Frederik was born at Rigshospitalet the University Hospital in Copenhagen, on 26 May 1968, to the then Princess Margrethe, oldest daughter of Frederick IX and heir presumptive to the Danish throne, and Prince Henrik. At the time of his birth, his maternal grandfather was on the throne of Denmark and his matrilineal great-grandfather was on the throne of Sweden.

He was christened on 24 June 1968, at Holmens Kirke, in Copenhagen. He was named Frederik after his maternal grandfather, King Frederick IX, continuing the Danish royal tradition of the heir apparent being named either Frederick or Christian. His middle names honour his paternal grandfather, André de Laborde de Monpezat; his father, Prince Henrik; and his maternal great-grandfather, Christian X. Frederik's godparents include Count Etienne de Laborde de Monpezat (paternal uncle); Queen Anne-Marie of Greece (maternal aunt); Prince Georg of Denmark; Baron Christian de Watteville-Berckheim; Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte of Luxembourg; and Birgitta Juel Hillingsø.

He became Crown Prince of Denmark when his mother succeeded to the throne as Margrethe II on 14 January 1972.

Education and career

Frederick attended primary 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, he was a boarder at École des Roches in Normandy, France. In 1986, Frederik graduated from the upper secondary school of Øregaard Gymnasium.

In 1989, began to study for an academic degree, when he began a course in Political Science at Aarhus University. This included a year at Harvard University (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. In 1995, he obtained his MSc degree in Political Science from Aarhus University. He completed the course in the prescribed number of years with an exam result above average. His final paper was an analysis on the foreign policy of the Baltic States, which he had visited several times during his studies. The prince was posted as First Secretary to the Danish Embassy in Paris from October 1998 to October 1999.

Military service

Frederick 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 - similar to US Naval Seals).

In the period 2001 and 2002, he completed further training for leaders at the Royal Danish Defence College. 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.

  • The Royal Life Guard 1986.
  • Lieutenant in the Reserve (Army) 1988.
  • Reconnaissance Platoon Commander with the Royal Guard Hussars’ Regiment 1988.
  • First Lieutenant in the Reserve (Army) 1989.
  • Royal Danish Navy Frømandskorpset 1995 (equivalent to the Royal Navy Special Boat Service, or US Navy SEALs).
  • First Lieutenant in the Reserve (Navy) 1995.
  • Captain in the Reserve (Army) 1997.
  • Lieutenant Commander in the Reserve (Navy) 1997.
  • Royal Danish Air Force Flying School 2000
  • Captain in the Reserve (Air Force) 2000.
  • Command and General Staff Course, Royal Danish Defence College 2001–2002.
  • Commander (Navy) and Major (Army, Air Force) 2002.
  • Staff Officer, Defence Command Denmark 2002–2003.
  • Senior lecturer with the Institute of Strategy at the Royal Danish Defence College, 2003–.
  • Commander, senior grade (Navy), lieutenant colonel (Air force, Army) 2004.
  • Captain (Navy), Colonel (Air Force, Army) 2010.
  • Rear Admiral (Navy), Major General (Air Force, Army) 2015.


The Crown Prince’s mother tongue is Danish. In addition he is fluent in French (his father's language), English, and German.

Marriage and children

Crown Prince Frederik with his wife Crown Princess Mary at the Wedding of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, and Daniel Westling.

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.

The couple has four children:

  • Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John (born 15 October 2005)
  • Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe (born 21 April 2007)
  • Prince Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander (born 8 January 2011)
  • Princess Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda (born 8 January 2011)

Areas of interest

Scientific research, climate change and sustainability

The Crown Prince and Crown Princess admire the night skies of ESO's Paranal Observatory

Frederik has a special interest in scientific research, climate change and sustainability. He was interviewed by Financial Times and CNN International, in the Future Cities program, for their commitment to sustainability. He participated in expeditions, forums and events on climate. The prince has represented Denmark as a promoter of sustainable Danish energy. The prince was one of the authors of the Polartokt Kongelig (Polar Cruise Royal), about the challenges of climate, published in 2009 with a preface written by Kofi Annan. In 2010, wrote the book's foreword Naturen og klimaændringerne i Nordøstgrønland (The nature and climate change in Greenland). Supports scientific research projects, as a patron, as expeditionary, with regular attendance at events and through his foundation, Kronprins Frederiks Fond.

Sports and health

Frederik running, August 2013

The prince encourages Danish participation in sports. He is a patron and honorary member of various sports organizations and a member of the International Olympic Committee. He also promotes an active lifestyle in society.

Frederik is an avid sportsman, running marathons in Copenhagen, New York and Paris, and completing the 42 kilometers with a respectable time of 3 hours, 22 minutes and 50 seconds in the Copenhagen Marathon. In 2013 he completed the KMD Ironman Copenhagen in the time of 10:45:32 and is the first royal person to complete an Ironman.

Frederik is a keen sailor, being a competitive Farr 40 skipper as well as an accomplished Dragon boater. He won victories and was a leader in the steps championships. He finished in fourth place in the European Championship Dragon Class 2003 (with 51 boats participating), and at number 4 in the Farr 40 Worlds 2008 (with 33 boats participating). He was the first in his class boat in Fyn Cup 2010 in Denmark, and at number 4 in the Dragon DM 2011 (with 25 boats participating).

Crown Prince Frederik’s Foundation

The purpose of the foundation is to provide financial assistance to students of social policy and sciences, for one year’s study at Harvard. and provide financial support for scientific expeditions, particularly to foreign parts of the world, including Greenland and the Faeroe Islands and sports purposes, including those with a particularly social aspect.


The Crown Prince in Vágur, Faroe Islands, on 21 June 2005.
  • Aarhus University Male Choir
  • Copenhagen International Furniture Fair
  • Danish Deaf Association
  • Danish Design Center
  • Danish Railway Museum
  • Juullip Nipitittagaa / The Greenlandic Christmas-Seal Foundation
  • Odense International Film Festival
  • Plant a Tree
  • Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus
  • Royal Awards for Sustainability
  • Save the Children Fund
  • Sculpture by the Sea
  • The Anders Lassen Foundation
  • The Association of Fine Arts (Kunstforeningen GL STRAND)
  • The Associations of the Guard Hussars
  • The Blood Donors in Denmark
  • The Cabinetmakers’ Autumn Exhibition
  • The Commission for Scientific Research in Greenland
  • The Danish Association of the Hard of Hearing
  • The Danish Dyslexia Organisation
  • The Danish Military Sports Association
  • The Danish National Committee of United World Colleges
  • The Danish Naval Officers' Club
  • The Danish Pleasure Crafts Safety Board
  • The Danish Tennis Association
  • The Foreign Policy Society
  • The Georg Jensen Prize
  • The Greenlandic Society
  • The Naval-Lieutenant-Society
  • The Soldiers’ Grant

Honorary tasks

  • President of The Royal Danish Geographical Society
  • Honorary Vice-President of The Siam Society in Thailand
  • Patron for Danish Red Cross
  • Patron for Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup
  • Member of ISAF's (International Sailing Federation) Events Committee
  • Member of IOC (International Olympic Committee)
  • Member of Young Global Leaders

Participation in expeditions

Standard of Crown Prince Frederik.

The Crown Prince participated in an expedition to Mongolia in 1986 . In 2000, the Crown Prince participated in "Expedition Sirius 2000", which was a four-month and 2,795 km dog-sledge expedition in the northern part of Greenland. The expedition Sirius marked the 50-year anniversary of the Sirius Patrol. Prince Frederik was part of the polar expedition as was a film photographer, whose job was to ensure an optimal coverage of this event.

Member of International Olympic Committee

The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark on a 2004 Faroese commemorative stamp

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

Other information

The Crown Prince and Crown Princess currently reside at Frederik VIII's Palace, one of the four palaces that make up the Amalienborg Palace complex. From May 2004 to mid-December 2010, they resided at The Chancellery House, a side building at Fredensborg Palace.

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 of the United Kingdom through her granddaughter, Princess Margaret of Connaught, daughter of her third son, Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, Prince Frederik is in the Line of succession to the British Throne as well.

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Frederik's monogram
Arms of Crown Prince Frederik

Titles and styles

  • 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

His official title in Danish is Hans Kongelige Højhed Kronprins Frederik til Danmark, Greve af Monpezat (His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Count of Monpezat).


National honours

  •  Denmark: Knight Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of the Elephant(R.E.)
  •  Denmark: Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Dannebrog(S.Kmd)
  •  Denmark: Recipient of the Cross of Honour of the Order of the Dannebrog(D.Ht.)
  •  Greenland: Recipient of the Nersornaat Medal for Meritorious Service, 1st Class
  •  Denmark: Recipient of the Royal Medal of Recompense, 1st Class
  •  Denmark: Recipient of the Naval Long Service Medal
  •  Denmark: Recipient of the Homeguard Medal of Merit
  •  Denmark: Recipient of the Medal of Honour of the Reserve Officers League
  •  Denmark: Recipient of the Military Athletic Medal of Honour
  •  Denmark: Recipient of the 50th Anniversary Medal of the arrival of Queen Ingrid to Denmark
  •  Denmark: Recipient of the 50th Birthday Medal of Queen Margrethe II
  •  Denmark: Recipient of the Silver Anniversary Medal of Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik
  •  Denmark: Recipient of the Silver Jubilee Medal of Queen Margrethe II
  •  Denmark: Recipient of the 100th Anniversary Medal of the Birth of King Frederick IX
  •  Denmark: Recipient of the Queen Ingrid Commemorative Medal
  •  Denmark: Recipient of the 75th Birthday Medal of Prince Henrik
  •  Denmark: Recipient of the 350th Anniversary Medal of the Royal Danish Life Guards
  •  Denmark: Recipient of the 70th Birthday Medal of Queen Margrethe II
  •  Denmark: Recipient of the Ruby Jubilee Medal of Queen Margrethe II
  •  Denmark: Recipient of the 400th Anniversary Medal of the Guard Hussar Regiment
  •  Denmark: Recipient of the 75th Birthday Medal of Queen Margrethe II

Foreign honours

  •  Belgium: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Leopold
  •  Brazil: Grand Cross of the Order of the Southern Cross
  •  Brazil: Grand Cross of the Order of Rio Branco
  •  Bulgaria: Commander of the Order of Stara Planina
  •  Chile: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit
  •  Estonia: Grand Cross of the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana
  •  Finland: Grand Cross of the Order of the White Rose of Finland
  •  Germany: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Special Class
  •  Greece: Grand Cross of the Order of Honour
  •  Iceland: Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcon
  •  Italy: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
  •  Japan: Knight Grand Cordon of the Order of the Chrysanthemum
  •  Jordan: Knight Grand Cordon of the Supreme Order of the Renaissance
  •  Latvia: Grand Cross of the Order of the Three Stars
  •  Luxembourg: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Adolphe of Nassau
  •  Mexico: Grand Cross of the Order of the Aztec Eagle, Special Class
  •    Nepal: Member Grand Cross of the Order of Ojaswi Rajanya
  •  Netherlands: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Netherlands Lion
  •  Netherlands: Recipient of the King Willem-Alexander Inauguration Medal
  •  Norway: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Olav
  •  Romania: Grand Cross of the Order of the Star of Romania
  •  Sweden: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Seraphim
  •  Sweden: Recipient of the 70th Birthday Badge Medal of King Carl XVI Gustaf
  •  Thailand: Knight Grand Cordon of the Order of Chula Chom Klao


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