The royal family has arrived at Smukfest – expert assesses: ‘It fits well with a more popular profile’

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The royal family apparently has a weakness for Smukfest.

In any case, they have made a name for themselves several times at the festival in Skanderborg, Jutland.

And now it has happened again.

On Friday afternoon, shortly before Andreas Odbjerg’s concert at Bøgescenen, Princess Isabella and Prince Christian first entered the backstage area with a few friends, while her father, Crown Prince Frederik, arrived shortly after.

However, he did not stop to talk to the press, but sneaked past in a hurry to get up to the backstage, where the concert could be watched in peace with the children.

“It has gradually become a tradition that the Crown Prince goes to Smukfest – also with the children,” says BT’s royal correspondent Jacob Heinel Jensen.

He also notes that it is the last party before school starts next week for both Princess Isabella and Prince Christian – but which school it will be, has not yet been announced.

Prince Christian has also managed to party quite a bit with his father over the summer.


Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and the children Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine for Princess Isabella's confirmation in Fredensborg Palace Church on Saturday 30 April 2022.

Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and the children Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine for Princess Isabella’s confirmation in Fredensborg Palace Church on Saturday 30 April 2022.
Photo: Bax Lindhardt

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A few weeks ago, it was Musik i Lejet that the two future kings went to.

“It is, after all, the slightly more elitist music festival in North Zealand. Therefore, it also fits perfectly that they go to Smukfest, which is a bit more popular. Smukfest just fits the Crown Prince’s quite popular profile,’ says the royal house expert.

At Smukfest, people are also happy when royal incense is thrown over the festival.

“It shows that Smukfest is for everyone. If the royals choose to be here, then we are really happy about it,’ says Søren Eskildsen, who is the spokesperson for the festival.

However, he does not want to say more about this year’s royal participation – and also not to say whether the royals themselves will be allowed to buy their bracelets.

Frequent royal guests in Bøgeskoven

For now, however, this year’s visit to Smukfest is more subdued than when the crown prince suddenly appeared on stage at a Nephew concert in 2018 and looked like a man who had had a particularly good evening.

Nephew has a tradition of deciding which part of the audience sings along best during the concerts, and here Crown Prince Frederik was allowed to make the final impartial decision.

With great enthusiasm, large arm movements and a silly facial expression, the 50-year-old crown prince fulfilled his role happily and solemnly, after which he left the stage again with a slightly awkward run.

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Crown Princess Mary, Prince Christian and Princess Isabella have also visited Smukfest several times.

In 2019, they were spotted up on stage in the P3 Tent, where they could experience Citybois up close, and Princess Isabella in particular had difficulty standing still to the music.

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