Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark have revealed they are sending their four children to boarding school in Switzerland.
The couple made the revelation this week while on a three-day official visit to France to support the growth and position of Danish companies in the French market and promote relations between the two nations.
It was initially reported in Danish media that Prince Christian, 13, Princess Isabella, 12, Prince Vincent, eight, and Princess Josephine, also eight, will begin at the international school in January 2020.
The information was then confirmed by the Royal Head of Communications, Lene Balleby, however there was no indication as to which specific school the children will be attending.
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary are sending their four children Christian, 13, Isabella, 12, Vincent, eight, and Josephine, eight, to boarding school in Switzerland. Pictured arriving together at Amalienborg Royal Palace in June
Following a visit to Lamartine High School, which offers a Danish course to its students, with French First Lady Brigitte Macron, Crown Princess Mary, 47, revealed the foursome would only stay in Switzerland for a short while, reports local outlet Avisen.
She added that they see it as a ‘gift’ to their children, adding: ‘One where they can be together about it, and a gift they can have with them for the rest of their lives.’
Their children are certainly no strangers to their neighbouring nation, having enjoyed yearly ski trips to Verbier where they often stay in their friend Peter Warnøes’s chalet.
The decision to educate their children abroad is likely a result of their father Prince Frederik, 51, and his brother Prince Joachim spending a couple of years studying abroad as teenagers.
The couple made the revelation this week while on a three-day official visit to France to support the growth and position of Danish companies in the French market and promote relations between the two nations. Pictured at La Grande Arche on day one of the royal visit
Following a visit to Lamartine High School, which offers a Danish course to its students, with French First Lady Brigitte Macron, Crown Princess Mary called sending her children to be educated abroad a ‘gift’
They attended the École des Roches in Normandy, France in the early eighties, and may well have chosen multilingual Switzerland to improve their brood’s language skills.
Prince Frederik is fluent in English, French and German as well as his mother tongue, Danish.
Australian-born Princess Mary also studied abroad as a youngster, attending elementary school in Texas, where her father was working, before completing the rest of it in Tasmania, where she also completed university.
Crown Princess Mary, 47, revealed the foursome would only stay in Switzerland for a short while. Pictured at a grand dinner at the Town Hall in Paris on Tuesday
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary accompany their youngest children Princess Jesephine and Prince Vincent to the first day at school in Copenhagen in August 2017
Prince Joachim, 50, and his family currently reside in France, after he was invited to complete a military training course at École Militaire in Paris.
During their recent trip to the French city, the Danish royals visited the House of Denmark exhibition and the Grande Arche de la Defense building in the financial and business district in Puteau.
Their visit comes after Mary was made regent by Queen Margrethe this week – meaning she can perform duties as head of state when Margrethe is otherwise engaged.
The Danish queen, 79, is gradually handing over the reins to other members of the royal family, and Frederik, Joachim and the Queen’s sister Princess Benedikte are also official stand-ins for the monarch.