16 FEBRUARY 2006

Two of Europe's most popular royal dads got the chance to swap parenting tips when they met up in Turin this week. Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik, who became a father for the first time last October, was photographed sharing a joke with Norway's future king, Crown Prince Haakon, as they enjoyed some sporting excitement at the Winter Olympics.

Onlookers could only guess what the two men were talking about, but they were both clearly on top form, smiling broadly and laughing as they chatted together in the stands. The Danish royal appeared to be telling his friend an entertaining anecdote, as he gestured animatedly before burying his face in his hands in amusement.

The VIP pair had gone along to see the women's curling competition on Thursday afternoon. And Haakon was given extra reason to celebrate, with his team seeing off the challenge of the Japanese side in a convincing 9-4 victory. Frederik's compatriots didn't enjoy such good fortunes, however, with the American squad emerging triumphant in their fixture.

Members of the Norwegian Olympic delegation will no doubt have been relieved to see their crown prince looking relaxed and content. Just last week the 32-year-old suffered a nasty scare when his two-month-old son Sverre Magnus was admitted to hospital for the second time in a fortnight. The infant was given the all clear to return home a few days later, though, after doctors treated him for a respiratory infection.

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Frederik appeared to be on fighting form as he shared a joke with old friend Haakon. The two crown princes jetted into Turin to take in some of the sporting action at the Winter OlympicsPhoto: © AFPClick on photos for gallery
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The Danish royal buries his face in his hands as a fit of the giggles gets the better of himPhoto: © AF
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