The Danish Royal Court has announced Prince Joachim will participate in France’s highest ranking military training course from September 2019 for one year.

Prince Joachim of Denmark. Photo: , Kamilla Bryndum, The Royal Danish Court

The French Minister of Defence has invited Prince Joachim to participate following a state visit to Denmark in 2018, focusing on strategic partnerships in trade, culture and defence.

Prince Joachim is the first Danish officer to participate in this training course which runs six days per week.

He first joined the military in 1987 and risen through the ranks as Lieutenant-Colonel of the reserve in 2011.

At the moment, Prince Joachim is special adviser to the Chief of the Defence for the reserve.

The course has two components at the Centre des Hautes Études Militaries (Centre for Advanced Military Studies) or CHEM, and the Institut des Hautes Études de la Defence Nationale (Institute for Higher National Defence Studies) or IHEDN.

Most of the studies will be held at CHEM and consists of military studies at the highest level for 30 selected officers with the rank of colonel or captain.

The participants are mostly from France and some of their strategic partner countries.

Main topics are strategic military leadership and international relations.

Prince Joachim, Princess Marie and their two children will move to Paris during the summer months.

However, the move will not affect the royal couple’s commitments to patronages and partner organisations.

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