Frederik Henriksen

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Person.png Frederik Henriksen  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(officer, royal)
Royal Wedding Stockholm 2010-Konserthuset.jpg
Crown Prince Frederik with his wife, Crown Princess Mary
Born26 May 1968
Alma materKrebs' Skole, École des Roches, Aarhus University, Harvard University, Royal Danish Defence College.
Parents • f Queen Margrethe II
• Prince Henrik
Member ofWEF/Global Leaders for Tomorrow/2003
Heir to the Danish throne.

Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, Count of Monpezat (Frederik André Henrik Christian) is the heir to the Danish throne. He is the elder son of Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik.

Education and career

Frederik attended primary school at Krebs' Skole during the years 1974–1981, from 1974 to 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 addition to Danish, he is fluent in French (his father's language), English, and German.

In 1986 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, thus becoming the first royal to obtain a master's degree. His final paper was an analysis on the foreign policy of the Baltic States, which he had visited several times during his studies.[1][2] The prince was posted as First Secretary to the Danish Embassy in Paris from October 1998 to October 1999.

Frederik has completed extensive military studies and training in all three services, notably completing the education as frogman in the naval elite special operations forces Frømandskorpset.

In the period 2001 and 2002, he completed further training for leaders at the Royal Danish Defence College. Frederik remains active in the defence services, 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. He has also been a Staff Officer at Defence Command Denmark 2002–2003.

He was also part of the World Economic Forum's Global Leaders for Tomorrow (2003)/Young Global Leaders (2005) program. His wife Mary Donaldson also participated in 2012.

Marriage and children

During a 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 had met while attending the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Their wedding took place on 14 May 2004 at Copenhagen Cathedral, Copenhagen.

The couple have four children: Christian (born 15 October 2005), Isabella (born 21 April 2007) and twins Vincent and Josephine (born 8 January 2011).


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