Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark celebrates his 52nd birthday on Tuesday, 26 May 2020.

Crown Prince Frederik just after a haircut in April 2020. Photo: ©️ HRH Crown Prince Frederik

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.

Queen Margrethe II with a newborn Crown Prince Frederik in 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.

Crown Prince Frederik married Australian Mary Donaldson on 14 May 2004 in Copenhagen’s Cathedral followed by the wedding reception was held at Fredensborg Palace.

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

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.

Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and their children, Christmas 2019. Photo: © Kongehuset

All four children currently attend a state school, Tranegårdsskolen, with a brief stay at Lemania-Verbier in Switzerland earlier in 2020, which was disrupted due to the coronavirus, as the Crown Prince family returned to Denmark.

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.

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