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Denmark’s royals confirm their Christmas plans


By Johannes Jansson/norden.org, CC BY 2.5 dk, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24986689

With just a month to go until Christmas Day, the Royal Family of Denmark has announced how it will be spending this very different festive season with a very special reunion on the cards.

Queen Margrethe II will celebrate December 25th with her younger son, Prince Joachim, who is returning to Denmark for the first time since he underwent emergency brain surgery in the summer. Coronavirus restrictions have meant the Queen of Denmark hasn’t been able to see the prince and this will be their first chance to spend time together since Joachim was successfully treated for a blood clot on his brain.

Margrethe and Joachim will be at Shackenborg Palace for Christmas along. Also present will be Joachim’s wife, Princess Marie, and their two children, Prince Henrik, 11, and eight year old Princess Athena. Joachim’s two sons from his first marriage, Prince Nikolai (21) and Prince Felix (18) will also join the celebrations.

Owing to the pandemic, mixing households is trickier than usual and that means that Margrethe’s older son and his family will celebrate the big day separately. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Prince Mary will mark the season at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen alongside their four children, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine.

The Queen of Denmark will give her traditional New Year’s Speech on December 31st at 6pm but there will be no official galas in the following days. In October, it was announced that the traditional events would be cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Lydia Starbuck is Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton, a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. June has been a reporter, producer and editor, picking up several awards over the years. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.