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Denmark’s heir to the throne fulfils an old tradition by leading a King’s hunt

Hunting is a tradition with long royal roots. A tradition many royal families still carry on as one of the highlights of the autumn, including the Danish royal family. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark has held a Royal Hunt at the Gludsted Plantation. The Gludsted Plantation is one of Denmark’s largest plantations with 34 square kilometres of forest.

During the coronavirus pandemic, the royal hunts were cancelled, but now one can meet again, and the Crown Prince received the other participants at the meeting on November 1st 2021. The day began with a oint briefing on the impending hunt. The Danish heir to the throne was dressed in his special green and grey hunting clothes with a suitable green hat on his head. About 50 people participated in Monday’s hunt. The royal party hunted deer, fox and raccoon dog.

A lot of the Danish press had turned up to take part in the first part of the hunt’s briefing before the royal team went out into the woods. To the press, Crown Prince Frederik said: “I always make sure to have an ongoing renewal and inquire about who may have their hunting licenses. It is exciting for people to be part of such a great hunt here. It is good to be back outside and have a good nature experience together in West Jutland. It is something that is very important to me to have the opportunity to bring people who know the area better than me, who also go hunting, to bring them together. And enjoy each other’s company. There are lots of animals out in the woods, and it is also important to regulate so that there are not too many animals out in the woods”.

The royal hunts are the Danish Royal Houses’ official hunts, which take place during the hunting season from 1 October to mid-January in the Danish state forests. Traditionally, a number of representatives from the region, the municipality, the business community and regional chairmen of the Danish Hunters ‘Association participate in the hunts, for which His Royal Highness has been the patron since 2019. The association`s aims to take care of the members’ interests in hunting and nature. In addition, private friends of Crown Prince Frederik also participated.

About author

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.