Prince Joachim of Denmark

Prince Joachim
Count of Monpezat

Joachim at the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden, 8 June 2013
Born (1969-06-07) 7 June 1969
Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
Spouse Alexandra Manley
(m. 1995; div. 2005)

Marie Cavallier
(m. 2008)
Issue Prince Nikolai
Prince Felix
Prince Henrik
Princess Athena
Full name
Danish: Joachim Holger Waldemar Christian
Father Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark
Mother Margrethe II of Denmark
Religion Church of Denmark

Prince Joachim of Denmark, Count of Monpezat, RE, SKmd (Danish pronunciation: [pʰʁæns ˈjoækʰimˀ]; Joachim Holger Waldemar Christian; born 7 June 1969 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.

Early life

Prince Joachim was born on 7 June 1969 at Rigshospitalet, 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; King Harald V of Norway; 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.[1]

Military career

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.

Marriage and children

First marriage

On 18 November 1995 Joachim married in Frederiksborg Palace Church in Hillerød, near Copenhagen, 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 marriage

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.[2] The couple have two children:

None of his children is styled as a Royal Highness per the Danish Royal Court. All children hold the additional style of their father as Count/Countess of Monpezat in France.

Titles and styles

Joachim is styled as "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.[5]

Honours and decorations

Coat of arms of Prince Joachim

See also : List of honours of the Danish Royal Family by country

National honours

Foreign honours

He was awarded:[6]

Additional information

The Dansk Rugby Union (DRU) website names Prince Joachim as the patron of the DRU.[13] He participated in a classic-car race, part of the GTC-TC championship: he drove a BMW 2002, sharing the ride with Derek Bell.[14]



Prince Joachim of Denmark
Born: 7 June 1969
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Princess Josephine of Denmark
Line of succession to the Danish throne
6th position
Succeeded by
Prince Nikolai of Denmark
Line of succession to the British throne
descended from Arthur, son of Victoria
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