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Prince Nikolai enjoys weekend at home for a break from Varder College

Prince Nikolai of Denmark enjoyed being home this past weekend from his new soldier life at the Varder Military College. “It was nice to be back home”, said the Prince to the Danish magazine Billed Bladet during the weekend.

He and his brother participated together with their mother, Countess Alexandra of Frederiksborg, on Sunday in the Ecco Walkathon. Along with about 14,000 other people, the three royals walked in beautiful weather for the good purpose of SOS Children’s Villages and the Danish Heart Association. The Prince lives at his school during the week, but on the weekends, he has the opportunity to return home. Prince Nikolai revealed that he is home once a week and the best thing he looks forward to with his visit at home is: “Lots of good food!”

“In the barracks, the menu is mostly based on potatoes and brown sauce. But it is also fine,” assured the 19-year-old Prince.

It was on Tuesday, 26 June that His Highness Prince Nikolai of Denmark graduated from Herlufsholm School in Næstved. He attended the school for the past four years.

The Royal Danish Army’s Sergeant School. Photo: BKP via Wikimedia Commons.

Prince Nikolai of Denmark started his two-year education in the Royal Danish Army’s Sergeant School early in August. The Prince was enrolled in the school following the strict admission test that is required to enter the military programme. He was among 145 new students that passed this very physical test and can now start his military career

During his first day of military school, the Prince was introduced to what his new life in the barracks will be like. The Prince also received his first military uniform and military equipment. The Prince’s new uniform was delivered together with boots and other gear before His Highness was assigned to his new room, where up to 12 students must live together.

The standard military training in Denmark lasts for one year. However, the two-year-long education the Prince is in for is voluntary and is more demanding than the usual military education.

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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.