Crown Prince Frederik celebrated his 50th Birthday on 26 May 2018, with a series of celebrations in Denmark and two new official photos.

Queen Margrethe II with a newborn Crown Prince Frederik in 1968.

Crown Prince Frederik, the eldest son of Princess (later Queen) Margrethe and Prince Henrik of Denmark, was born at Rigshospitalet the Copenhagen University Hospital in Copenhagen, on 26 May 1968.

He was educated in Denmark and France, graduated from the University of Aarhus with an MSc (Political Science) and further studied in political science at Harvard University, USA, from 1992 to 1993.

Photo: Franne Voigt

Crown Prince Frederik also served at the Danish United Nations Mission in New York in 1994 before working at the Royal Danish Embassy in Paris as First Secretary of the Embassy from October 1998 to October 1999.

In addition, to prepare for his future role as King of Denmark, he completed several education courses and training with the Royal Danish Navy and the Royal Danish Army from 1986.

He met his future wife, Mary Donaldson, whilst attending the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney Australia at a pub in the city centre, The Slip Inn.

Crown Prince Frederik was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee in 2009, replacing the retiring Danish member Kaj Holm.

His main focus is to promote an active lifestyle among children and youth to fight against obesity and diabetes.

However, the Crown Prince has said he would terminate his membership when ascends the Danish throne.

Crown Prince Frederik Australia visits 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney where he met his wife, Mary Donaldson at The Slip Inn, a pub in the city centre.

Denmark’s Crown Prince Couple on their wedding day. Photo: Konghuset ©

They married in a lavish ceremony on 14 May 2004 in Copenhagen’s Cathedral and the wedding reception was held at Fredensborg Palace.

The Crown Prince Couple, affectionately known as ‘Fred and Mary’ by Australians, have four children: Prince Christian (who is second in the line of succession to the Danish throne), Princess Isabella and twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine.

They currently live at Frederik VIII’s Palace at Amalienborg and in the Chancellory House at Fredenborg Palace.

Denmark’s Crown Prince Family. Photo: Franne Voigt.

All four children attend a state school, Tranegårdsskolen, with Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine joining their older siblings in 2016.

A new portrait of Crown Prince Frederik by Australian artist Ralph Heimans was unveiled on Thursday, 24 May 2018, at the National History Museum.

Royal Visits To Australia

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary have returned to Australia since their marriage for official engagements and regular private visits to spend Christmas with relatives.

  • 27 February to – 11 March 2005: Celebrating the bicentenary of Danish author Hans Christian Anderson’s birth in 1805. Sydney Canberra and Melbourne, including an official reception hosted by Prime Minister John Howard, and a private visit to Hobart.
  • 19 to 26 November 2011: The Crown Prince Couple led a business delegation from Denmark aimed at enhancing trade links in green energy, sustainable living and food technology business. They visited Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.
  • 25 to 28 October 2013: Frederik and Mary participated in celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Sydney Opera House which was opened in 1973, designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon. Crown Princess Mary opened the Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen jewellery store. They also made an unplanned visit to the Blue Mountains which was recovering from severe bushfires.
Photo: The National History Museum ©

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