Danish royal children to spend three months in Switzerland

The four children of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary are to be enrolled at the Lemania-Verbier international school in Switzerland in 2020.

Danish royal children to spend three months in Switzerland
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary with their children and Queen Margrethe.Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark’s royal family confirmed the four siblings – the oldest of whom, 13-year-old Prince Christian, is second in line to the throne – will be spending some time abroad.

Crown Princess Mary will, however, accompany the children for much of their stay.

Prince Christian’s younger siblings are Princess Isabella, 12, and twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, 8.

Although the announcement is less dramatic than the removal of five of the grandchildren of King Carl XVI Gustaf from the Swedish royal house, it does mean that Crown Princess Mary will have fewer official duties.

The Crown Princess told TV2 she saw the time away as an opportunity for her children.

“We see it as a gift for our children that they can share, and a gift they will have for the rest of their lives,” she said.

Once their stay at the Swiss school is over, the royal siblings will return to their regular school in Gentofte near Copenhagen.

The decision follows in the footsteps of Crown Prince Frederik, who went to school in France as a teenager along with his younger brother Prince Joachim.

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Denmark’s prince Joachim released from hospital: palace

Denmark's Prince Joachim, youngest son of Queen Margrethe II, has been released from hospital following surgery for a blood clot on the brain last week, the palace said Tuesday.

Denmark's prince Joachim released from hospital: palace
Photo: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Ritzau Scanpix

The 51-year-old underwent emergency surgery at Toulouse University Hospital in southern France after he was taken ill during a holiday with his family at Cayx, a chateau the royal family owns.

The palace said the prince was released on Monday and was recovering at Cayx.

READ ALSO: Denmark's Prince Joachim to recover fully from brain clot: palace