Expert defends the Royal House: That is why women are rarely involved in the Royal Hunting

After the Royal House regretted earlier this month that they had not invited any women to the first Royal Hunt of the year, the Crown Prince had female company on Thursday during his hunt in Klosterhede Plantage in West Jutland.

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In addition to old acquaintances such as Grundfos director Poul Due Jensen and wind turbine billionaire Peter Stubkjær Sørensen, he invited Mildred Sloth Fog, director and owner of Fur Bryghus.

She thus became one hen in a basket with 22 roosters.

But there is nothing odious about it, says author Søren Jakobsen, who has written several books about Denmark’s richest and knows the inner circle close to the Royal House.

Member of the European Parliament and former Minister and Member of Parliament Søren Gade also participated in Thursday's hunt.

Member of the European Parliament and former Minister and Member of Parliament Søren Gade also participated in Thursday’s hunt.
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He believes that it was ‘hit next to the target’, when at the beginning of the month criticism was raised of the gender distribution on the Royal House’s hunts.

That’s not how you can set it up, he thinks. The royal hunts in Klosterhede Plantage, Grib Skov and Gludsted Plantage are so-called movement hunts, where the shooters wait for the game itself to arrive quietly. And it requires particularly experienced shooters with a sure hand.

»There you almost have to be in shooting class with the Crown Prince, who has a frogman education. There are not very many who can – and even fewer if you only lead among the women, “says Søren Jakobsen.

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Figures from the Danish Hunters’ Association show that only 6.7 percent of those who took hunting licenses in the 2019/2020 season were women. Compared to the previous season, however, it is an increase of 0.2 percent.

Director and owner of Fur Bryghus Mildred Sloth Fog.

Director and owner of Fur Bryghus Mildred Sloth Fog.
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But with a hunting license, you are only allowed to shoot with a shotgun, unless you take a subsequent rifle test, which, among other things, is required to go on the type of hunt that the Crown Prince invites to, Søren Jakobsen points out.

And among the percentage of rifle certificates, one must then find the most experienced.

“Of course, accidents can always happen, but no hunter-gatherer wants shots (when you hit, but does not kill an animal, ed.) On their hunts, and at least neither does the Crown Prince.”

However, this does not mean that there have not been women in the past. The brewery owner Mildred Sloth Fog also participated in 2018, and previously Lene Skole from the Lundbeck Foundation has also been on the hunt.

The guest list at Thursday's King Hunt.

The guest list at Thursday’s King Hunt.
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And the Royal House also pointed this out when they recently responded to the criticism.

»We are of course aware of the problem, and there has also been female participation in the Royal House’s hunts in the past. We hope this will also be the case in the future, “the Royal House’s communications manager, Lene Balleby, told BT

To this, BT’s royal correspondent, Jacob Heinel Jensen, replied:

“But I simply think the Royal House needs to keep in mind that there should always be women on the guest lists – not just once in a while,” he said.

“Otherwise it looks hollow.”

Some of the 23 participants at Thursday's King Hunt.

Some of the 23 participants at Thursday’s King Hunt.
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