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New documentary about Crown Prince Frederik airs

A special documentary commemorating Crown Prince Frederik’s upcoming 50th birthday aired Sunday night on TV 2.

‘My Way: Crown Prince Frederik 50 Years’ followed the Crown Prince and his family around for an intimate look into his life.

The documentary, directed by Jacob Jørgensen, showed Crown Prince Frederik in his work and personal life, including the family’s holiday to Gråsten Castle and to the Hunting Hut in Trend.

The camera crew followed Crown Prince Frederik around for two years.

“How do you move on a road that you have not chosen yourself?” the documentary asks. “Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark has had a very special role since childhood. A role chosen by others.

“The portrait ‘My Way’ takes us behind the closed doors of the court to tell the story of the Crown Prince’s long journey to stand on his own two feet in the historic institution, about the challenges he gave himself and the love of Crown Princess Mary.”

Queen Margrethe was interviewed for the documentary and spoke of her son’s preparations for his future role.

“I never really think I really sat down and explained it,” she said. “But it came a little way, and you talked a bit about it here and there. I was probably not so precise in my message to him about it.”

Crown Prince Frederik said that if his son, Prince Christian, had questions about what his own future role will be, he would handle it differently. “It ended up getting too much a fear than a comfort. I do not want to demystify it, but at least make it easy for a boy of 10-12 years.”

Crown Princess Mary spoke about her husband, saying that “He has a strong need to get away, be his own, just be Frederik with his friends.

“He has a need to go out into something extreme and to be on an equal footing where you are just the person you are, with the abilities and skills you have.”

The documentary is just one of many events marking Crown Prince Frederik’s 50th birthday on 26 May.

About author

Jess is the Senior Royal Reporter and Editorial Assistant at Royal Central. Her interest in royalty started in her teenage years, coinciding with The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002 and grew from there. She specializes in the British Royal Family (with emphasis on the Cambridges) and the Danish Royal Family, and has provided royal commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the UK and Australia.