Prince Joachim of Denmark

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Prince Joachim
Count of Monpezat
Born (1969-06-07) 7 June 1969 (age 54)
Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
(m. 1995; div. 2005)
(m. 2008)
Joachim Holger Waldemar Christian
HouseGlücksburg (cognatic)
Monpezat (agnatic)
FatherHenri de Laborde de Monpezat
MotherMargrethe II of Denmark
OccupationMilitary Attaché, Royal Danish Embassy in France, Special expert at Danish Defence[1]

Prince Joachim of Denmark, Count of Monpezat, RE, SKmd (Danish pronunciation: [ˈjoːæˌkʰim]; Joachim Holger Waldemar Christian; born 7 June 1969) is a member of the Danish royal family. The younger son of Queen Margrethe II, he is sixth in the line of succession to the Danish throne, following his elder brother, Crown Prince Frederik, and his four children.

Early life[edit]

Prince Joachim was born on 7 June 1969 at Rigshospitalet, part of the Copenhagen University Hospital in Copenhagen. He was christened Joachim Holger Waldemar Christian on 15 July 1969 in Aarhus Cathedral, the first member of the royal family to have been christened outside of Copenhagen. His godparents were his maternal aunt, Princess Benedikte of Denmark; his paternal uncle, Jean Baptiste de Laborde de Monpezat; his mother's first cousin, Princess Christina of Sweden; and King Harald V (then Crown Prince of Norway).

Prince Joachim attended school as a private pupil from 1974 until 1976 at Amalienborg Palace and then from 1976 until 1982 at Krebs' Skole in Copenhagen. In the period 1982–1983 the Prince studied as a boarder at École des Roches in Normandy, France. In 1986, Prince Joachim graduated from Øregård Gymnasium. In 1993, he completed his studies in agrarian economics at Den Classenske Agerbrugskole Næsgaard. The Prince's first language is Danish, but he also speaks French (his father's language), English and German.[2]


In 1993, Prince Joachim took over the estate of Schackenborg Castle in the town of Møgeltønder, in Southern Jutland, having been granted the estate in the will of Count Hans Schack in 1978.[3]

Joachim and his first wife, now the Countess of Frederiksborg, received 13 million DKK collected by the people of Denmark as a national gift, reserved for restoration of the estate.[4] The restoration was completed in 1999. The couple was divorced in 2005, whereupon Countess Alexandra moved with their two sons to Copenhagen.[5][6] Joachim remained at Schackenborg – from 2007 alongside his second wife – until 2014 when the estate was handed over to the Schackenborg Foundation, which consists of Prince Joachim, Bitten and Mads Clausens foundation, Ole Kirks Foundation, and Ecco Holding.[7] Joachim, Marie and their children moved from the castle to Klampenborg, north of Copenhagen, but still holiday at the castle.[8] In 2023, they sold their home at Klampenborg and purchased a home at Vedbaek.[9]

Military career[edit]

As junior officer[edit]

In 1987, Joachim enlisted as a recruit in the Queen's Life Regiment, where from he first entered the NCO School and where after the lieutenant school. Between 1989 and 1990, he served as platoon commander in the 3rd tank squadron/1st Battalion (3/I/PLR) of the Prince's Life Regiment.

In 1992 He entered the Royal Danish Military Academy's course for reserve officers to become a captain

Between 1996 and 2004, he served as squadroncommander of 3rd tank squadron/2nd Battalion (3/II/PLR) also in the Prince's Life Regiment.

As senior officer[edit]

In 2005 he was an staff officer in the staff of Danske Division and from 2011 He was liaison officer at the Defence Region of Fuen and South Jutland.

In 2015, Joachim was appointed special advisor to the Chief of Defense in the Royal Danish Army.[10]

During the summer of 2019, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie and their two children moved to Paris, France, while the Prince had been admitted to the highest-ranking military educational program at École Militaire by invitation from the French Minister of Defense.[11] Prince Joachim graduated on 26 June 2020, being the first Danish Officer to complete the two-part special education.[citation needed]

As general officer and Denmark's Military attaché to France[edit]

Earlier in June 2020, the Danish Secretary of Defense promoted the Prince to Brigadier General due to his new acquired educational merits at École Militaire. He was subsequently named Military Attaché at the Royal Danish Embassy in Paris, France, by the Danish Ministry of Defense,[12] a position he was expected to hold for at least three years while maintaining his patronages and royal engagements in Denmark when possible. Joachim commenced his new position on 1 September 2020.

On 24 July 2020, while on holiday in Château de Cayx, Prince Joachim was admitted to Toulouse University Hospital for surgery on a blood clot in his brain.[13] He was discharged from hospital in early August.[14]

Denmark's Military attache to the United States[edit]

In March 2023, it was announced that Prince Joachim, Princess Marie and their two younger children would be moving to Washington, D.C. where the Prince will be taking up the role of defense industry attaché at the Danish Embassy from September 2023.[15]

Marriages and children[edit]

First marriage[edit]

On 18 November 1995, at Frederiksborg Palace Church in Hillerød, near Copenhagen, Joachim married Alexandra Christina Manley, a Hong Kong-born former sales and marketing deputy chief executive of English, Chinese, and Austrian ancestry. The couple had two sons, Count Nikolai and Count Felix.

The couple announced their separation on 16 September 2004; their divorce was final on 8 April 2005. The couple shared custody of their sons until they came of age. Alexandra received the title of Countess of Frederiksborg, and was permitted to retain the courtesy title of princess pending remarriage. She subsequently remarried and forfeited the royal title, but retained the title of countess. She continues to live in Denmark.

Second marriage[edit]

On 3 October 2007, the Danish court announced that Prince Joachim had become engaged to French native Marie Cavallier. Their wedding took place on 24 May 2008 in Møgeltønder Church near Schackenborg Castle. The wedding date marked the 73rd anniversary of the wedding of Joachim's grandparents, King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid of Denmark.[16] The couple have two children, Count Henrik and Countess Athena.

None of Joachim's four children have been styled as Royal Highnesses but simply as Highnesses per the Danish court. From 1 January 2023 all four of his children are known as His or Her Excellency Count/Countess of Monpezat. They no longer hold a princely title.[17] The prince expressed his sadness at his mother's decision to make that change.[18]


Joachim enjoys historic motor sports car racing and has participated in the Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix multiple times.

In 2019, Joachim presented the documentary series Prins Joachim fortæller for Danmarks Radio. In the six-part series that he also co-produced, Joachim investigates the ideas and events that shaped Denmark's history.[19]

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Coat of arms of Prince Joachim of Denmark
ArmigerPrince Joachim of Denmark
Joachim's monogram

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 7 June 1969 – 29 April 2008: His Royal Highness Prince Joachim of Denmark
  • 29 April 2008 – present: His Royal Highness Prince Joachim of Denmark, Count of Monpezat[2]

Military ranks[edit]




Orders and appointments[edit]
Medals and decorations[edit]
  • Recipient of the Silver Anniversary Medal of Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik (10 June 1992)
  • Recipient of the Silver Jubilee Medal of Her Majesty The Queen (14 January 1997)
  • Recipient of the Commemorative 75th Birthday Medal of His Royal Highness The Prince Consort (11 June 2009)
  • Recipient of the Commemorative 70th Birthday Medal of Her Majesty The Queen (16 April 2010)
  • Recipient of the Commemorative Ruby Jubilee Medal of Her Majesty The Queen (14 January 2012)
  • Recipient of the Commemorative 75th Birthday Medal of Her Majesty The Queen (16 April 2015)
  • Recipient of the Golden Anniversary Medal of Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik (10 June 2017)
  • Recipient of the Prince Henrik's Commemorative Medal (11 June 2018)
  • Recipient of the Commemorative 80th Birthday Medal of Her Majesty The Queen (16 April 2020)
  • Recipient of the Commemorative Golden Jubilee Medal of Queen Margrethe II (14 January 2022)


He was honoured with:[21]

Additional information[edit]

The Dansk Rugby Union (DRU) website names Prince Joachim as the patron of the DRU.[26] He participated in a classic-car race, part of the GTC-TC championship: he drove a BMW 2002, sharing the ride with Derek Bell.[27]




  1. ^ Defence Command (30 October 2015). "H.R.H. Prince Joachim Assumes Post at the Danish Defence". (in Danish). Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b "HRH Prince Joachim". Website of the Danish Royal House.
  3. ^ "Visitnordic - Basic Info - Schackenborg Castle".
  4. ^ "UPI archive - Danes prepare for royal wedding".
  5. ^ "Danish royal family rocked by divorce". 16 September 2004. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Hellomagazine - Princess Alexandra of Denmark".
  7. ^ " Prince Joachim and Princess Marie move to Copenhagen". July 2014.
  8. ^ "Kongehuset press release".
  9. ^ "Prince Joachim and Princess Marie buy new £3 million house after major relocation". Hello Magazine. Retrieved 6 November 2023.
  10. ^ "Kongehuset Press release: Prince Joachim admitted to military training in France".
  11. ^ "Prince Joachim admitted to military training in France -".
  12. ^ "Prince Joachim to become military attache to France". 10 June 2020.
  13. ^ "Denmark's Prince Joachim undergoes brain surgery to remove clot". The Local. 26 July 2020. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  14. ^ Sarkari, Karishma (4 August 2020). "Prince Joachim of Denmark discharged from hospital after emergency surgery". Archived from the original on 22 December 2020. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  15. ^ "Denmark's Prince Joachim Is Moving His Family to the U.S." Town & Country Magazine. Retrieved 4 August 2023.
  16. ^ Joachim og Marie bliver gift til maj Archived 22 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine,, 21 November 2007
  17. ^ "Denmark's Queen Margrethe strips four grandchildren of royal titles". The Guardian. Agence France-Presse. 28 September 2022. Retrieved 29 September 2022.
  18. ^ "Prince Joachim Speaks Out After Queen Margrethe II of Denmark Removes His Kids' Royal Titles". ET Online. 29 September 2022.
  19. ^ "H.K.H. Prins Joachim medvirker i tv-programmet "Prins Joachim fortæller..."". Danish royal family (in Danish). Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  20. ^ " Brigadier General HRH Prince Joachim to Denmark".
  21. ^ "Royal website". Retrieved 17 October 2017. Scroll down to "Dekorationer"
  23. ^ "[DNF] Fotoarchief Denieuwsfoto". Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  24. ^ "Mary de Dinamarca deslumbra en una cena de gala con su tiara de 4.000 euros. Fotogalerías de Casas Reales". 25 January 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  25. ^ "Royal Decree 794/2023, of October 24, by which the Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit is awarded to His Royal Highness Prince Joachim of Denmark and Her Royal Highness Princess Marie of Denmark" (PDF). 24 October 2023.
  26. ^ "DRU - Dansk Rugby Union". Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  27. ^ "GTC-TC'71 + GTC-TC'81 Competitors 2007" (PDF). Retrieved 17 October 2017.


  • Bramsen, Bo (1992). Huset Glücksborg. Europas svigerfader og hans efterslægt [The House of Glücksburg. The Father-in-law of Europe and his descendants] (in Danish) (2nd ed.). Copenhagen: Forlaget Forum. ISBN 87-553-1843-6.

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Prince Joachim of Denmark
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