Today, the Danish Crown Prince couple attended events commemorating Flag Day in Copenhagen. Flag Day has been commemorated on 5 September since 2009. It was created to honor all the Danish soldiers who were sent on missions abroad since 1948. Since 2011, members of the royal family always attend events to commemorate the day along with the military.
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary first took part in a military ceremony at the Kastellet where they laid a wreath. The memorial at the Kastellet was inaugurated by Queen Margrethe in 2011 and it says ‘A Time – A Place – A Man’. Crown Prince Frederik then reviewed the troops. The day continued with a service at Holmens Church. The couple also attended a parade at Christiansborg Palace Square.
Between 2011 and 2016, the Crown Prince couple alternated attendance at the Copenhagen ceremonies with Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark. However, in 2017 and 2018, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary attended the Copenhagen ceremonies while Prince Joachim and Princess Marie were in Skive and Fredericia respectively. Since Prince Joachim and Princess Marie are now living in France, only the Crown Prince couple attended the ceremonies in Copenhagen this year.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Flag Day, the Udsendt af Danmark (‘Sent by Denmark’) project was created. The project aims to tell the stories of the Danish soldiers sent abroad for a year starting on 5 September 2018 and ending on 5 September 2019. Prince Joachim took part in this project as a member of the military himself. During his interview for the project, he talked about Prince Henrik’s hard time in the military as well as his role as Colonel of the Reserve and his work at the Center for Reservestyrken which aims to facilitate the implementation of the renewed and increased use of the Home Guard’s volunteers and the defence personnel of the reserve.