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Prince Joachim and his family move back to France


Princess Marie and Prince Joachim of Denmark. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen

Prince Joachim, Princess Marie and their children, Prince Henrik and Princess Athena, have moved back to Paris. The Danish Royal Court confirmed the move earlier this week. It comes only a few weeks following the last statement that says that the family would move back to Schackenborg Castle. The family travelled back last weekend via Amsterdam to resume everyday life in the French capital.

The Royal Court has made the following statement: “Prince Joachim and Princess Marie are back in France. This last weekend, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Joachim and Princess Marie and the children Prince Henrik and Princess Athena travelled back to Paris. In the French capital, Prince Joachim today resumes his military training course, which the Prince has followed from Denmark for the past eight weeks through distance education and online conferences. In addition, Prince Henrik and Princess Athena are also gradually starting their French school today, after the children have attended education at home since March.”

The family came to Denmark on March 23, because Prince Henrik showed signs of illness with, among other things. breathing problems. The prince was admitted to the National Hospital in Copenhagen where he was treated for asthmatic bronchitis. In addition, at the National Hospital, Prince Henrik was tested for coronavirus. The test was negative.

Schackenborg Castle. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Prince Joachim and Princess Marie and their children left Schackenborg Castle on Friday. They moved to the castle following two weeks in isolation at Amalienborg Castle as a result of their return from Paris.

Prince Joachim owned Schackenborg Castle from 1978 to 2014. Prince Joachim sold Schackenborg Castle and a number of associated properties in 2014 but still owns the old residence in the castle and refers to Schackenborg as the family’s second home.

In November 2019, Princess Marie opened an exhibition at Schackenborg Castle. Then, Her Royal Highness said: “This is where Prince Joachim and I got married. This is where our lovely children were born. And, therefore, it is the place where I feel at home.”

This the the third time that the family has lived in the castle. After living at the property for many years, the family moved to Copenhagen and then moved back to the castle for their second stay there in 2016.  The third stay only lasted for two weeks.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.