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Prince Christian of Denmark to attend prestigious boarding school from the autumn

Photo: Oskar Aanmoen/Royal Central

On Wednesday, surprising news emerged from the Danish Royal Family. Once Prince Christian completes his school education in Gentofte this summer, it has been confirmed that the future Danish king will attend a prestigious boarding school from the autumn.

The following statement was published Wednesday by the Danish Royal Court: “At the end of June, His Royal Highness Prince Christian will finish ninth grade at Tranegårdskolen in Gentofte, where the Prince has been a student since first grade.

“The prince wants to continue his schooling at Herlufsholm Gymnasium in Næstved, where he is registered for the boarding school after the summer holidays.”

His Highness Prince Nikolai of Denmark, the first cousin of Prince Christian, attended 10th grade at Herlufsholm School and received his upper secondary education there as well. So this is not the first time the school will educate a Danish prince. Prince Christian will, however, become the first future monarch to go to the school.

Herlufsholm School is a private day and boarding about 80 kilometres south of Copenhagen. Herlufsholm was founded in 1565 as a boarding school for the Danish nobility on the site of a former Benedictine monastery from the 12th century. There are about 600 students at the school of which approximately 275 students are boarders who lived in the dormitories. The pupils follow a 10-day programme with lessons on Saturdays followed by 3-day weekends.

The school has a reputation for being very demanding and a number of students have left the school after a short time after they described the requirements as too great. The school makes no secret of the fact that they expect a lot from their students and that they are not a private school where you can pay for good grades.

Since 2020, there has also been a requirement from the school that all their students must devote time to volunteer work and at least one other leisure activity in addition to their studies. Prince Christian is very interested in sports so it will hardly be difficult for him to find a sport he can get involved in, but there is great excitement about what charitable work the prince wants to involve himself with.

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.