BT’s royal correspondent on ‘burdened’ Prince Christian for memorial service: ‘It’s atypical’

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“It is beautiful and very nice that we can stand out here today. I have a lot of feelings with the families and I hope they get through it strongly. “

This is how it sounded when Prince Christian, as rarely seen, spoke in front of the press when he and his father, Crown Prince Frederik, were present at Tuesday’s memorial service for the victims of the tragedy in Field’s.

But there were two things that stood out in the eyes of the 16-year-old prince’s participation.

This is explained by BT’s royal correspondent Jacob Heinel Jensen, who himself was present at the memorial service.

Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Christian spoke to the press after attending a memorial service for the victims of the shooting at Field’s in Copenhagen on Tuesday 5 July 2022.
Photo: Philip Davali

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First, it was clear that Prince Christian was burdened by the circumstances.

“He was very affected and obviously burdened by it. The feelings were outside the clothes, because it is a violent tragedy, whether you wear a royal crown or not, “says Jacob Heinel Jensen.

But the memorial service also became proof that Prince Christian is well on his way to training as Denmark’s future crown prince.

For it is rare that Prince Christian speaks first, or at all is alone with father at work.


Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Christian as well as Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (S) will participate in a memorial service for the victims of the shooting at Field's in Copenhagen on Tuesday 5 July 2022.

Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Christian as well as Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (S) will participate in a memorial service for the victims of the shooting at Field’s in Copenhagen on Tuesday 5 July 2022.
Photo: Philip Davali

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“It is a kind of training in what awaits him in the future, and one must say that today was a sad introduction to what it also means to be royal, namely to be a unifying figure for the nation in a time of crisis like this, “explains Jacob Heinel Jensen.

Not least, it was distinctive that Prince Christian started responding to the press when he and his father lined up for interviews after the memorial service.

“It is atypical that he is asked a question first, but that is how it turned out today, and the Crown Prince let it happen and let Prince Christian speak for himself,” the royal house expert assesses.

“It shows something about Prince Christian being well prepared and how far he is now in relation to him becoming Denmark’s new crown prince within the foreseeable future.”

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