Next week, Queen Margrethe’s younger son, His Royal Highness Prince Joachim of Denmark, will be Denmark’s acting regent. This is because Her Majesty Queen Margrethe will be travelling in Italy from 26 to 29 October. Prince Joachim will, therefore, be regent of Denmark from 26 October to 30 October, as this is the day that the Queen returns to Denmark from Italy.
This is a very unusual situation. It is usually the older son of the Queen and Denmark’s next king, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik, who is acting regent in the period his mother is on assignments abroad. Now the responsibility is laid on the Crown Prince’s younger brother as it is believed that Crown Prince Frederik will also be overseas during the period his mother is in Italy.
The calendar of the Royal Danish House, nevertheless, does not tell where the Crown Prince will be during the period his brother is regent. His wife, Crown Princess Mary, will still be in Denmark. Therefore, a holiday for the Crown Prince is not thought to be the reason for his absence. The Crown Princess will, among other things, participate in a literature festival for children and hand out a prize during the period both her mother-in-law and husband are out of the country.
The reason for Queen Margrethe’s visit to Italy is to participate in the celebration of the Danish Institute’s 50th anniversary. During his time as acting regent of Denmark, Prince Joachim will hold a meeting with Prince Harry in connection with Invictus Games, where they will meet Danish participants from the Games.
Prince Joachim of Denmark was born in 1969 and is the younger son of Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik of Denmark. In 1995, he married Alexandra Manley; they have the two sons: Nikolai and Felix. The two were divorced in 2005. After this, the Prince married again in 2008 to Marie Cavallier. They have two children together: Prince Henrik and Princess Athena. Prince Joachim and his family currently live at Emiliekildevej, Gentofte Commune.