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Danish Crown Prince Couple ends visit to France with a big announcement


Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen

Yesterday, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary spent their last day in Paris, France. The business visit they were leading under the theme “Denmark and France – together for a better life and a sustainable future” ended the night before with a grand dinner at Paris’ City Hall with the Crown Prince Couple, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie in attendance. However, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary spent an extra day in France to make a few additional visits.

Crown Prince Frederik first visited the world’s largest entrepreneurial campus, Station F, where tech companies gather to develop and realise future projects. The visit was hosted by Station F’s founder Xavier Niel. Afterwards, he attended a round table meeting on cybersecurity at the French Ministry of Economy and Finance.

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For her only event of the day, Crown Princess Mary joined French First Lady Brigitte Macron at the Lamartine High School. Lamartine High School offers a Danish course to its students so the visit focused on the learning of foreign languages as well as the fight against bullying in school which is a cause Crown Princess Mary is very involved with through her foundation. The DR Girls Choir – of which Crown Princess Mary is patron – also performed during the visit.

While the couple were attending their last events of the visit, news broke in Danish newspapers that the Crown Prince Couple had decided to send their four children – Prince Christian (13), Princess Isabella (12), Prince Vincent (8) and Princess Josephine (8) – to an international school in Switzerland in January 2020. The information was confirmed by the Court’s Head of Communication Lene Balleby who also said that no more information would be released at this time. However, Danish journalists in France had the opportunity to ask Crown Princess Mary about the news when she was leaving the Lamartine High School. She said that the children would only stay for a short while in Switzerland, and she also said: “We see it as a gift to our children, one where they can be together about it, and a gift they can have with them for the rest of their lives.”