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Denmark’s Crown Prince Family moves back to Denmark due to the coronavirus

The Danish Royal Court reports that the Crown Prince Family is returning to Denmark months ahead of time due to the coronavirus situation. The family are currently living in Switzerland and were due to stay until the summer.

The Danish Royal House has just released the following press release:

“In view of the worsening situation in Denmark in dealing with the spread of COVID-19, the Crown Prince couple has decided that the family will leave home from Switzerland. On January 6, 2020, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine embarked on a 12-week school break at Lemania-Verbier in Switzerland. Thus, the school stay is discontinued ahead of time and all four children, when public institutions re-open in Denmark, will continue their schooling at Tranegårdskolen in Gentofte.”

In January Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent, and Princess Josephine began their 12-week study program at Lemania-Verbier International School in Banges, Switzerland, accompanied by their parents. The study abroad opportunity was announced last year by the Danish Royal Court, who said that Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary wanted to give their children “a common experience in an international environment.”

The first confirmed case of coronavirus in Denmark was on 27 February 2020. As of 12 March 2020, there have been 617 confirmed cases, including two in the autonomous territory of the Faroe Islands. In Greenland, another autonomous territory, there have been suspected cases, but nobody has yet tested positive for the virus.

The news comes at the same time as the Norwegian Royal Family cancels all public engagements in the country until Easter.

In Denmark, starting from Friday, all people working in non-essential functions in the public sector must stay home for two weeks. In the private sector, employers are urged by the authorities to allow their employees to stay home. All schools, universities, libraries and cultural institutions will also be closed for two weeks.

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Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.