Posing for official photos at the beginning of their summer break, Queen Margrethe of Denmark's husband sported a less-than-usual holiday outfit – a sling.
Prince Henrik is recovering from a shoulder operation late last month and still needs to give support to his right arm. The procedure came after the 74-year-old royal suffered pain for several months.
The couple are spending the summer at the beautiful Chateau de Cayx, the family's wine-growing estate near the ancient town of Cahors, in France, which they bought 34 years ago. Relaxed and happy, they strolled through the grounds hand-in-hand, accompanied by their three dachshunds.
Queen Margrethe also revealed that they planned to watch the Olympics during their stay. Not known as a great sports fan, there is a very special reason for the monarch's interest.
"My niece Nathalie is competing," she revealed. "We are very proud of that."
Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, 33, the daughter of Margrethe's sister Princess Benedikte and her husband, Prince Richard, is a member of the Danish dressage team and this is her first time at an Olympic Games.