The Danish Court has announced the Royal Family’s plans for the Christmas holidays, as they do each year.
Surprisingly, Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik will spend the holidays alone at Marselisborg. Usually, either the whole family joins them or at least either the Crown Prince Couple or Prince Joachim and Princess Marie.
This year, however, this won’t be the case. Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and their children will spend the holidays with Crown Princess Mary’s family in Australia. Their last Christmas break out of the country was also in Australia in 2015.
Prince Joachim, Princess Marie and their children, Prince Henrik and Princess Athena will spend the holidays abroad, too. We don’t know where, but we can assume they will be in France with Princess Marie’s family. It is the first time that the couple won’t spend the holidays with Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik. Indeed, since their wedding in 2008, the family stayed at Marselisborg except in 2012 where they hosted the Christmas celebrations with the Royal Couple in their home at Mogeltonder.
Prince Joachim’s two oldest children, Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix, will spend the holidays with their mother, the Countess of Frederiksborg. It is not unusual as they alternate spending Christmas with their father and their mother.
Given the announcement of Prince Henrik’s dementia earlier this year, we could have been expecting the whole family to stay together for the Christmas holidays. Moreover, it is the first time that the Royal Couple will spend the holidays alone as they usually alternate which couple spend the holidays with the Queen and Prince Henrik at Marselisborg when they are not all together like in 2016.
Christmas Holidays are significant to Queen Margrethe. In 2014, she hosted big Christmas celebrations for the extended family. Her sisters, Queen Anne-Marie and Princess Benedikte, as well as their children and grandchildren were invited to Fredensborg Castle.
The Court did not communicate the reasons why these arrangements were made this year.