It was officially confirmed by the Danish Royal House’s Head of Communications, last Wednesday, 10 October, that Prince Nikolai of Denmark has given up of his two-year military training at the Royal Danish Army’s Sergeant School. He would become a Lieutenant of the Reserve had His Highness concluded his training with the military.
Prince Nikolai left the military at his own wishes and had the full support of his parents, Prince Joachim of Denmark and Countess Alexandra of Frederiksborg.
According to a statement issued by Countess Alexandra’s Private Secretary, Prince Nikolai left his military education, not because of the people there or training itself, but because he felt that it was not right for him to have a career in the military.
His mother’s Private Secretary also said that the Prince will continue to pursue his modelling career for the remainder of 2018 and that next year he will start his university studies in Denmark, although he hasn’t applied to any universities yet.
Prince Nikolai first started a career as a model in February, when he took to the catwalk representing the Burberry brand during the 2018 London Fashion Week. He later did the same for Dior.
Prince Nikolai of Denmark, born on 28 August 1999, is the eldest child of Prince Joachim of Denmark and Countess Alexandra of Frederiksborg, and the first grandchild of Queen Margrethe II. The Prince’s younger brother, Prince Felix, was born 22 July 2002. Unfortunately, the Prince’s parents announced their separation on September 2004 and divorced on April 2005.
Being a son of the monarch’s younger son, the Prince is only a Highness, as opposed to the children of his uncle, Crown Prince Frederik, who are all Royal Highnesses.
His mother was a Princess of Denmark during her marriage to Prince Joachim, and she remained a princess even after her divorce when she was also created a Countess. Only when she married for the second time in 2007 did she cease to be a Princess and started to be styled as the Countess of Frederiksborg. Alexandra again went through a divorce in September 2015.
Nikolai’s father also went on to marry for a second time. His wife, now Princess Marie of Denmark, has been a member of the Danish Royal Family for ten years and frequently carries out official engagements in Denmark and abroad. Together, Joachim and Marie had two children: Prince Henrik (b. 2009) and Princess Athena (b. 2012).