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

Prince Joachim
Count of Monpezat
Prins Joachim av Danmark.jpg
Joachim at the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O'Neill, 8 June 2013
Born (1969-06-07) 7 June 1969 (age 50)
Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Kingdom of Denmark
Full name
Danish: Joachim Holger Waldemar Christian
FatherHenri de Laborde de Monpezat
MotherMargrethe II of Denmark
ReligionChurch of Denmark
OccupationSpecial expert at Danish Defence[1]


Early lifeEdit

Prince Joachim was born on 7 June 1969 at Rigshospitalet 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]

The estate of SchackenborgEdit

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

The Prince and his first wife, now Alexandra Christina, Countess of Frederiksborg, received 13 million Danish kroner collected by the people of Denmark as a national gift, reserved for restoration of the estate. The restoration was finished in 1999.

In 2014, the estate was handed over to the Schackenborg Foundation, 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, but the couple still remain patrons of the Schackenborg foundation.

Military careerEdit

Prince Joachim began his military education in 1987 as a recruit in the Queen's Own Regiment. In 1988 the Prince became a sergeant, and a year later, a lieutenant of the engineering. Prince Joachim served as a platoon commander of a tank squadron from 1989 to 1990. In 1990 the Prince gained the rank of first lieutenant of the reserve, and in 1992 he was appointed Captain of the reserve. After appointment to Major of the reserve in 2005, the Prince remains active in the defence reserve.

Marriages and childrenEdit

First marriageEdit

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. They had two sons:

On 16 September 2004 the couple announced their separation, and divorced on 8 April 2005. Countess Alexandra 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 marriageEdit

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.[3] The couple have two children:

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 armsEdit

Coat of Arms of Prince Joachim of Denmark
ArmigerPrince Joachim of Denmark
Joachim's monogram

Titles and stylesEdit

  • 7 June 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 til 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.


National honoursEdit

  •   Knight of the Order of the Elephant (R.E.)
  •   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

Foreign honoursEdit

He was honoured with:[4]

Additional informationEdit

The Dansk Rugby Union (DRU) website names Prince Joachim as the patron of the DRU.[12] He participated in a classic-car race, part of the GTC-TC championship: he drove a BMW 2002, sharing the ride with Derek Bell.[13]


  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 c d "HRH Prince Joachim". Website of the Danish Royal House.
  3. ^ Joachim og Marie bliver gift til maj Archived 22 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine,, 21 November 2007
  4. ^ "Royal website". Retrieved 17 October 2017. Scroll down to "Dekorationer"
  6. ^ "[DNF] Fotoarchief Denieuwsfoto". Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  7. ^ Article on state visit,
  8. ^ "Mary de Dinamarca deslumbra en una cena de gala con su tiara de 4.000 euros. Fotogalerías de Casas Reales". Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Visit From The United Mexican States To Denmark - Day 1". Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Photographic image" (JPG).\Accessdate=17 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands Visit Denmark". Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  12. ^ "DRU - Dansk Rugby Union". Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  13. ^ "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
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Preceded by
Princess Josephine of Denmark
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Succeeded by
Prince Nikolai of Denmark
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