Prince Joachim of Denmark

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Prince Joachim
Count of Monpezat
Prins Joachim av Danmark.jpg
Born (1969-06-07) 7 June 1969 (age 51)
Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Kingdom of Denmark
(m. 1995; div. 2005)
(m. 2008)
Full name
Danish: Joachim Holger Waldemar Christian
FatherHenri de Laborde de Monpezat
MotherMargrethe II of Denmark
ReligionChurch of Denmark
OccupationMilitary Attaché, Royal Danish Embassy in France, Special expert at Danish Defence[1]

Prince Joachim of Denmark, Count of Monpezat, RE, SKmd (Danish pronunciation: [ˈjoːæˌkʰim]; Joachim Holger Waldemar Christian; born 7 June 1969 at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen) is the younger son of Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik. He is sixth in the line of succession to the Danish throne, following his elder brother, Crown Prince Frederik, and Frederik's four children.

Early life[edit]

HRH Prince Joachim was born on 7 June 1969 at Rigshospitalet, part of the Copenhagen University Hospital in Copenhagen, and was christened on 15 July 1969 in Aarhus Cathedral, the first member of the royal family to have been christened outside of Copenhagen. His godparents were his maternal aunt, Princess Benedikte of Denmark; his paternal uncle, Jean Baptiste de Laborde de Monpezat; the Crown Prince of Norway (later King Harald V); and Princess Christina of Sweden.

Prince Joachim attended school as a private pupil from 1974 until 1976 at Amalienborg Palace and then from 1976 until 1982 at Krebs' Skole in Copenhagen. In the period 1982–1983 the Prince studied as a boarder at École des Roches in Normandy, France. In 1986, Prince Joachim graduated from the Øregaard Gymnasium. In 1991–1993, he completed his studies in agrarian economics at Den Classenske Agerbrugskole Næsgaard. The Prince's first language is Danish, but he also speaks French, English and German.[2]


In 1993, Prince Joachim took over the estate[3] of Schackenborg Castle in the town of Møgeltønder, in Southern Jutland, having been granted the estate in the will of Count Hans Schack in 1978.

The Prince and his first wife, now Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg, received 13 million Danish kroner collected by the people of Denmark as a national gift, reserved for restoration of the estate[4]. The restoration was completed in 1999. The couple was divorced[5][6] in 2005, whereupon Countess Alexandra moved with their two sons to Copenhagen, while Prince Joachim remained at Schackenborg.

In 2007 The Danish Royal House announced the engagement of Prince Joachim[7] and French native Marie Cavallier, whom the Prince had first met in 2004. The couple was married[8] 24 May 2008 and resided at Schackenborg Castle for the following six years.

In 2014, the estate was handed over to the Schackenborg Foundation[9], which consists of Prince Joachim, Bitten and Mads Clausens foundation, Ole Kirks Foundation, and Ecco Holding. Prince Joachim, Princess Marie and their children moved from the castle to Klampenborg north of Copenhagen[10], but the couple remains patrons of the Schackenborg foundation[11].


During the summer of 2019 Prince Joachim, Princess Marie and their two children moved to Paris, France, while the Prince had been admitted to the highest ranking military educational program[12] at École Militaire by invitation from the French Minister of Defense. Prince Joachim graduated[13] 26 June 2020, being the first Danish Officer to complete the two-part special education.

Earlier in June 2020 the Danish Secretary of Defense appointed the Prince to Brigadier General due to his new acquired educational merits at École Militaire. He was subsequently appointed to Military Attaché[14] at the Royal Danish Embassy in Paris, France for the next three years by the Danish Ministry of Defense. The Prince will commence his new position 1 September 2020.

Prince Joachim will maintain his patronages and royal engagements when possible. Princess Marie will continue her work with her patronages and partner organizations as usual.

On 24 July 2020, Prince Joachim was admitted to Toulouse University Hospital for surgery on a blood clot in his brain. His condition was described by the Palace as stable.[15]

Military career[edit]

Marriages and children[edit]

First marriage[edit]

On 18 November 1995, at Frederiksborg Palace Church in Hillerød, near Copenhagen, Joachim married Alexandra Christina Manley, now Alexandra Christina, Countess of Frederiksborg, a Hong Kong-born former sales and marketing deputy chief executive of British, Chinese, Czech and Austrian ancestry. The couple had two sons: Prince Nikolai of Denmark and Prince Felix of Denmark.

On 16 September 2004 the couple announced their separation, and divorced on 8 April 2005. Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg subsequently married again and lost the title Princess of Denmark. She continues to live and work in Denmark and the couple share joint custody of their sons.

Second marriage[edit]

On 3 October 2007 the Danish Royal Court announced that Prince Joachim had become engaged to Marie Cavallier, now Princess Marie of Denmark. The wedding took place on 24 May 2008 in Møgeltønder Church – in which the christening of Prince Felix had taken place – near Schackenborg Manor. The wedding date marked the 73rd anniversary of the wedding of Joachim's grandparents, King Frederick IX and Ingrid of Sweden.[20] The couple have two children: Prince Henrik and Princess Athena.

None of his children are styled as a Royal Highness but as Highness per the Danish Royal Court. Since 30 April 2008 all children hold the additional Danish style of their father as Count/Countess of Monpezat as legitimate patrilineal descendants of their late grandfather prince Henrik.

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Coat of Arms of Prince Joachim of Denmark
Coat of arms of Joachim, Prince of Denmark.svg
ArmigerPrince Joachim of Denmark
Joachim's monogram

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 15 July 1969 – 29 April 2008: His Royal Highness Prince Joachim of Denmark
  • 29 April 2008 – present: His Royal Highness Prince Joachim of Denmark, Count of Monpezat[2]

His official title in Danish is Hans Kongelige Højhed Prins Joachim af Danmark, Greve af Monpezat (His Royal Highness Prince Joachim of Denmark, Count of Monpezat). He has been Prince of Denmark since birth and Count of Monpezat since 29 April 2008, when Queen Margrethe granted the title to her male-line descendants.



  • Knight of the Order of the Elephant (R.E.)
  • Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Dannebrog (S.Kmd.)
  • 10 June 1992: Silver Anniversary Medal of Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik
  • 14 January 1997: The Silver Jubilee Medal of Her Majesty The Queen
  • 11 June 2009: Commemorative 75th Birthday Medal of His Royal Highness The Prince Consort
  • 16 April 2010: Commemorative 70th Birthday Medal of Her Majesty The Queen
  • 14 January 2012: Commemorative Ruby Jubilee Medal of Her Majesty The Queen
  • 16 April 2015: Commemorative 75th Birthday Medal of Her Majesty The Queen
  • 10 June 2017: Golden Anniversary Medal of Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik
  • 11 June 2018: Prince Henrik's Commemorative Medal
  • 16 April 2020: Commemorative 80th Birthday Medal of Her Majesty The Queen


He was honoured with:[21]

Additional information[edit]

The Dansk Rugby Union (DRU) website names Prince Joachim as the patron of the DRU.[25] He participated in a classic-car race, part of the GTC-TC championship: he drove a BMW 2002, sharing the ride with Derek Bell.[26]


  1. ^ Defence Command (30 October 2015). "H.R.H. Prince Joachim Assumes Post at the Danish Defence". (in Danish). Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b "HRH Prince Joachim". Website of the Danish Royal House.
  3. ^ "Visitnordic - Basic Info - Schackenborg Castle".
  4. ^ "UPI archive - Danes prepare for royal wedding".
  5. ^ " Danish royal family rocked by divorce".
  6. ^ "Hellomagazine - Princess Alexandra of Denmark".
  7. ^ "Prince Joachim - official biography (english vs) -".
  8. ^ "Reuters press release marriage".
  9. ^ " Prince Joachim and Princess Marie move to Copenhagen".
  10. ^ "Kongehuset press release".
  11. ^ " - Schackenborg Foundation".
  12. ^ "Prince Joachim admitted to military training in France -".
  13. ^ "Prince holds a military diploma - world today news".
  14. ^ "Prince Joachim to become military attache to France".
  15. ^ "Denmark's Prince Joachim undergoes brain surgery to remove clot". The Local. 26 July 2020. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  16. ^ "Kongehuset Press release: Prince Joachim admitted to military training in France".
  17. ^ "Kongehuset Press release: Prince Joachim admitted to military training in France".
  18. ^ " Brigadier General HRH Prince Joachim to Denmark".
  19. ^ " Brigadier General HRH Prince Joachim to Denmark".
  20. ^ Joachim og Marie bliver gift til maj Archived 22 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine,, 21 November 2007
  21. ^ "Royal website". Retrieved 17 October 2017. Scroll down to "Dekorationer"
  23. ^ "[DNF] Fotoarchief Denieuwsfoto". Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  24. ^ "Mary de Dinamarca deslumbra en una cena de gala con su tiara de 4.000 euros. Fotogalerías de Casas Reales". Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  25. ^ "DRU - Dansk Rugby Union". Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  26. ^ "GTC-TC'71 + GTC-TC'81 Competitors 2007" (PDF). Retrieved 17 October 2017.

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Prince Joachim of Denmark
Born: 7 June 1969
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Princess Josephine of Denmark
Line of succession to the Danish throne
6th position
Succeeded by
Prince Nikolai of Denmark