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.