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Crown Prince Frederik inherits his father’s French castle

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark has inherited his deceased father’s castle in France, and it has become clear that Prince Joachim will not inherit any of his father’s properties. Prince Henrik had several properties when he died. The Prince and Queen Margrethe together owned the Château de Cayx, located in France. The castle was built in the 16th century and is located in the municipality of Luzech.

Prince Henrik and Queen Margrethe bought the castle in 1974 and had since spent many of their holidays there together with their children. Also, they have made sure that the castle’s original purpose, wine production, continued. They also have a restaurant at the Château. Now that Henrik has died, it has become clear who gets the beautiful building. The Danish magazine Se og Hør has reported that Crown Prince Frederik will inherit the castle, according to Henrik’s wish.

Prince Henrik of Denmark. Photo: Steen Brogaard, Kongehuset (The Royal Court).

However, it is not because of the title of Crown Prince that he gets the castle. Prince Joachim already has a castle in his possession, Schackenborg, and his father wanted them to be equal. Joachim, on the other hand, has not managed to take care of Schackenborg despite a tax refund and tax exemption. He has, therefore, moved to Klampenborg.

The Crown Prince, however, does not immediately get the building. While Queen Margrethe is alive, it is she who officially owns and is responsible for the French chateau. The Crown Prince will receive full management over it when he becomes monarch. When it comes to the deceased Prince’s three beloved dogs Nelly, Tillia and Helike – they will go to Henrik’s widow according to the same magazine.

Prince Henrik, the Queen’s husband of 50 years, died on 13 February after a short illness. He’d been diagnosed with dementia last autumn and was rushed back to Copenhagen in January from his annual trip to Egypt for pneumonia which revealed a benign tumour on his lung.

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.