On 13 May, the Danish Court announced that Prince Joachim had agreed to become Patron of the Orders and Medals Society of Denmark, taking over from Prince Henrik. Prince Henrik had been the patron of the association from 1978 until his death. It aims to promote the study of the history of orders and medals. The Society cooperates with similar societies in Belgium, the UK, Germany, Austria and the USA. In 1977, the association created the Collection of the History of the Order where orders and medals are gathered for study and exhibition use.
This announcement is the third one made by the Court in May regarding Prince Henrik’s patronages. On 1 May, the Court announced that Crown Prince Frederik had agreed to become Patron of Copenhagen Boys’ Choir The Royal Office. Prince Henrik had been Patron of the Choir since 1972, and King Frederik IX had been Patron of the Choir before that. The Copenhagen Boys’ Choir The Royal Office has sung at several events for the Danish Royal Family since its creation in 1924, including at the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary in 2004. The choir is affiliated with Sankt Annæ Gymnasium where 180 boys aged 9-14 train in the choir as part of their regular schooling. The choir also includes 30 professional male singers aged 20-50.
On 2 May, it was announced that Princess Marie had accepted to take over two of Prince Henrik’s patronages as well as a position of Honorary President. Princess Marie being French-born made her the most adequate family member to take over Prince Henrik’s patronages related to France, so it is no surprise that the three patronages announced for the Princess are focusing on relations between France and Denmark. She is now the Patron of Alliance Française in Denmark which works to promote interest in French language and culture as well as of Le Souvenir Français – Den Danske Komité which aims to maintain French soldiers’ graves in France and abroad.
Princess Marie was also announced as the new Honorary President of the Danish Section of the Lycée International of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France. Margrethe Rønnow, the Director of the Danish Section, shared an exclusive statement with Royal Central’s Europe Correspondent Heaven LeeMiller saying: “The Danish Section is very honoured that Princess Marie is named as Honorary President of The Danish Section of Lycée International. Prince Henrik was since 1989 Honorary President of The Danish Section, and we are very happy that Princess Marie has accepted to take over this patronage. We hope that this will help us to develop the good relations and collaborations between Denmark and France.”
Before these announcements, Crown Prince Frederik had already taken over the patronages of the Red Cross and the Danish Hunters Association from Prince Henrik while Crown Princess Mary took over the Hubertus Hunt’s Honorary Prize and the Copenhagen Zoo patronages.