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Crown Prince Frederik undergoes surgery – cancels events

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark was hospitalised on Sunday at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen. The Royal court has stated in a press release that the Crown Prince had to undergo surgery for spinal disc herniation and confirmed that the surgery was successful.

The Crown Prince remains in hospital and is now undergoing a rehabilitation course. It is not known whether this was an emergency or a planned operation; however, the Crown Prince already told the media in the spring that he had problems with his back.

The Crown Prince stated his health problem on Facebook during the Royal Run race on May 21, which was settled on the occasion of his 50th birthday. He said: “I’ve been suffering from some back problems recently, which makes me unable to run.”

The Crown Prince ran despite the pain in the five cities where the race was settled.

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Prince Frederik participated in the Birkebeinerrennet in 2017. Photo: Gunn-Eva Høgseth, Det kongelige hoff / The Royal Court.

Crown Prince Frederik should have participated today in Nature’s Day events and be present at Flag Day for Danish soldiers on Wednesday, but all this has now been cancelled.

The Prince’s visit to Finland which was scheduled for next week has also been postponed. The Royal Court says that the Crown Prince’s rehabilitation will take some time.

Frederik’s father, Prince Henrik, had to undergo the same surgery back in 1995.

Spinal disc herniation, also known as a slipped disc, is a medical condition affecting the spine in which a tear in the outer, fibrous ring of an intervertebral disc allows the soft, central portion to bulge out beyond the damaged outer rings.

In 2016 His Royal Highness suffered from a neck injury. In 2016 it became known that the Crown Prince had suffered a severe fracture of the neck after a trampoline accident the day before. The Crown Prince received a fracture of the cervical spine. The Crown Prince then said that 14 days after the accident, he could hardly leave the bed.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.