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Danish royals reunited in Rio for Olympics

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Members of the Danish royal family were reunited in Brazil on Tuesday ahead of the Rio Olympics. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark were pictured greeting Frederik's younger brother Prince Joachim and his family during an engagement on Ipanema Beach.

The two families have spent the summer apart so naturally they were thrilled to see each other.

Mary, Frederik and their four children have been at Grasten Castle, the family's official summer residence in Denmark, while Joachim, his wife Princess Marie and their brood have just flown in from Iguazu Falls, where they were sightseeing.


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The two Danish royal families are in Brazil for the Olympics

But the royals were reunited for the opening of the Danish hospitality house – a pavilion on Ipanema Beach that showcases the best of what Denmark has to offer. During the Olympics, guests will be able to stop by the pavilion to take part in activities such as DJ sessions, golf and yoga classes and virtual reality trips to Denmark.

As a member of the International Olympics Committee, Crown Prince Frederik had the honour of cutting the ribbon. He was given a helping hand from his nephew Prince Henrik, the seven-year-old son of Prince Joachim and Princess Marie.

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Crown Prince Frederik cut the ribbon with the help of his nephew Prince Henrik

His younger sister Princess Athena, four, cheered her brother on from the side as she sat next to her mum Marie. Both Marie and her sister-in-law Princess Mary were on top sartorial form, opting for chic summer outfits.

While Joachim and Marie have chosen to bring their children Henrik and Athena, and Joachim's two older sons Nikolai and Felix from his previous marriage, to the Olympics, it looks like Mary and Frederik's four children have stayed at home in Denmark.

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Princess Marie with her daughter Princess Athena

Mary will return home on 6 August after the opening ceremony, while Frederik will stay for the Games until the 21st.

Apart from meeting Danish athletes in the Olympic village, the Crown Princess has also been carrying out philanthropic duties. Mary helped deliver 5,000 boxes of Lego bricks to municipal schools in Rio on Wednesday. The event was part of a larger Denmark campaign to promote Danish culture, business, sport and tourism.

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