The Royal Court of Denmark has announced Prince Christian will be changing schools later this year.

Photo: Franne Voigt

Prince Christian finishes Grade 9 at Tranegårdskolen in Gentofte in June 2021.

He has attended public school since his first year of primary school, beginning in August 2011.

The Prince is the first member of the Danish Royal Family to attend a public school, followed by his sisters Princess Isabella and Princess Josephine and younger brother Prince Vincent.

Prince Christian has enrolled as a boarding student at the private school, Herlufsholm Gymnasium in Næststved and begins his studies in August 2021, after the summer holidays.

However, Prince Christian isn’t the first member of the Royal Family to attend Herlufsholm Gymnasium.

His cousin, Prince Nikolai commenced Grade 10 in 2014 and graduated three years later.

Herlufsholm Gymnasium

Admiral Herluf Trolle and his wife Birgitte Gøye founded Herlufsholm in 1565 as a boarding school for the ‘children of the nobility and those of honest people’ – those with ability and desire for learning and education – after participating in a property swap with King Frederik II.

Herlufsholm Gymnasium
Klosterbygningen, the main building of Herlufsholm in 2014.

The oldest building, Klosterbygningen, a former Benedictine monastery) dates back to the 12th Century.

However, Herluf Trolle was killed during a naval battle during the Nordic Seven Year’s War in June 1565, so his wife Birgitte Gøye became the first governor of the school and established a charter to protect the school from inheritance claims from relatives.

Originally Herlufsholm was a boys’ only school until girls were admitted in 1985 and has since become Denmark’s largest boarding school.

Herlufsholm is about 80 kilometres or 50 miles south of Copenhagen consists of an international Middle School and the Gymnasium, or High School, with about 70% graduating with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

Many students also participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

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