Prince Frederik - Biography

"My aim is to be a Danish rallying point to awaken the people\'s sense of nationality," Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark once said. "I want to be a good ambassador for my country. But I will not shut myself away in a castle. I will be myself. I will be a human being."

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The handsome prince has already been highly successful in carving out a space for himself and winning over his countrymen, as evidenced by the fact that he has been voted "Dane of the Year" on a number of occasions. Frederik an officer in the military services, a trained diplomat and an accomplished sportsman - has succeeded in becoming the all-round royal who appeals to all sections of society.

Born at Copenhagen\'s Rigshospitalet on May 26, 1968, Frederik Andre Henrik Christian is the oldest son of Queen Margrethe of Denmark and Henri de Laborde de Monpezat. The young prince was thrust into the limelight early; when he was just three years old his grandfather, King Frederik IX died. His mother\'s subsequent accession to the throne meant he took on the title of crown prince.

After finishing private school, Frederik studied foreign languages at a Copehagen high school. Along with his younger brother Joachim, he later spent a year 1982/3 studying in his father\'s native country, at the Ecole des Roches in Verneuil-sur-Avre in Normandy.

Upon turning 18 Frederik was given a seat on the Council of State, and from that time was empowered to assume the duties of Head of State whenever his mother was abroad. The same year, he started the first of two stints in the military, serving in the infantry regiment of the Royal Life Guards and then, in 1988, joining the Royal Hussars as a First Lieutenant.

In 1989, the crown prince became the first Danish royal to study for an academic degree, when he began a course in Political Science and Constitutional Law at the University of Aarhus. This included a year at Harvard University in the US, where, apart from studying, he worked among the city\'s homeless.

After graduation Frederik returned to the military, this time the Navy. He was chosen from among 300 applicants to serve in the elite Royal Frogmen Corps, where he was to pick up the nickname "Pingo". Returning to civilian life in the late 1990s, he took a up a diplomatic posting as first secretary at the Danish Embassy in Paris.

Privately the prince has a passion for cars and is an avid actor and sportsman, running marathons in Copenhagen, New York and Paris. He is also a keen football player and sailor.

Once romantically linked with model Katja Storkholm Nielsen and singer Maria Montelle, Frederik was one of Europe\'s most eligible bachelors until, in the autumn of 2003, his engagement to former Sydney real estate agent Mary Donaldson was announced. The couple, who met at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, were wed in Copenhagen on May 14, 2004. Their first child, Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John, was born October 15, 2005.

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