His Royal Highness The Crown Prince

Hans Kongelige Højhed Kronprinsens monogram
<p>H.K.H. Kronprinsen, 2015.</p>
Frederik André Henrik Christian, Prince of Denmark, Crown Prince, Count of Monpezat, was born on 26 May 1968. The Crown Prince is the son of HM Queen Margrethe II and HRH Prince Henrik of Denmark. He is in line to succeed to the throne and is the regent when HM The Queen is out of the country. His Royal Highness The Crown Prince is married to Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary Elizabeth. 


The Crown Prince was christened in Holmens Kirke (the naval church) in Copenhagen on 24 June 1968 and was confirmed in Fredensborg Palace Chapel on 28 May 1981.  


On 14 May 2004, HRH The Crown Prince married Miss Mary Elizabeth Donaldson, who in connection with the marriage became HRH Crown Princess Mary Elizabeth of Denmark. The wedding ceremony took place in Copenhagen Cathedral, and the wedding festivities were held at Fredensborg Palace.


HRH Prince Christian Valdemar Henri Jean, born on 15 October 2005, HRH Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe, born on 21 April 2007, HRH Prince Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander and HRH Princess Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda, twins born on 8 January 2011.


The Crown Prince attended Krebs' Skole during the years 1974-1981, from 1974-1976 as a private pupil at Amalienborg Palace and at Krebs' Skole from the third grade. 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, and in 1995, he graduated from the University of Aarhus with a MSc (political science). In connection with these studies, Crown Prince Frederik studied political science at Harvard University, USA from 1992 to 1993.


The Crown Prince served at the Danish UN Mission in New York in 1994 and was posted to the Royal Danish Embassy in Paris as First Secretary of Embassy from October 1998 to October 1999.


The Crown Prince has been educated primarily within the defence, where he has completed several basic and active educational courses. Crown Prince Frederik has taken part in the hard physical training of the defence. That training has been kept up through active participation in various demanding sports events such as marathons and match races. Crown Prince Frederik’s military education began in 1986 as a recruit in the Queen’s Life Guard Regiment. In 1988, he was appointed as a lieutenant of the reserve. After obtaining that rank, the Crown Prince became a platoon commander in the Royal Danish Hussar Guard Regiment in 1988. In 1989, he was appointed as a first lieutenant of the reserve. 

The Crown Prince completed frogman training  with the Royal Danish Navy Frogman Corps in 1995. 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. 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).

Between 2001 and 2002, the Crown Prince completed further training step II for leaders at the Royal Danish Defence College, and in 2002, he was appointed as a major of the reserve (army and air force) as well as a commander (navy). In 2002 and 2003, Crown Prince Frederik served as a staff officer at Defence Command Denmark, and he also became a senior lecturer with the Institute of Strategy at the Royal Danish Defence College in 2003. 

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.

In 2010, the Crown Prince was appointed as a commander in the navy and colonel in the army and the air force.

Crown Prince Frederik remains active in the defence.


The Crown Prince’s mother tongue is Danish. In addition, he speaks French, English and German.


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-sled expedition in the northern part of Greenland.


The Crown Prince and the Crown Princess live at the Chancellery House at Fredensborg Palace in Fredensborg and in Frederik VIII’s Palace at Amalienborg Palace. 


The Crown Prince is a patron of a great many national organisations, institutions, and foundations and is an honorary member of various associations and societies.

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