International Royals

Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik has fractured his spine

Princess Mary is no doubt by her husband’s side as he recovers from a trampoline accident that left him with a spinal injury.

By Katie Skelly
Prince Frederik and Princess Mary

On Friday, October 14, Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik was forced to forego his attendance at a royal reception for Danish Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

Instead of greeting with the inspirational individuals, the 48-year-old was recovering from a spine fracture, which occurred while he was jumping on a trampoline.

A statement issued from the palace says that the injury took place during at a gym during a “private event."

While many feared that such a fracture could indeed lead to permanent damage, it is confirmed that the father-of-four will make a full recovery.

Mary and her two eldest children put on a brave face in the place of their father.
Mary and her two eldest children put on a brave face in the place of their father.

“The fracture is being treated with a cervical collar that the crown prince should wear for around 12 weeks,” read the royal court’s statement.

“After that the crown prince is expected to have fully recovered.”

The first of the royal family to address the incident was Frederik’s mother, Queen Margrethe, who took the opportunity to joke about her son’s recklessness at an athlete’s reception for Danish Olympians and Paralympians.

The young at heart Queen took a moment to joke of her son's trampoline tricks.
The young at heart Queen took a moment to joke of her son's trampoline tricks.

“When you jump on a trampoline when you are almost 50, then maybe it is not so strange that it goes wrong,” she quipped.

Adding with a smile, “He's fine, he just can't take part in this event.”

The couple's four children are probably a little bit less keen to get a trampoline now!
The couple's four children are probably a little bit less keen to get a trampoline now!

Princess Mary and Frederik's four children, Christian, 11, Isabella, nine, and five-year-old twins Vincent and Josephine, are said to be by the future King's ’s side as he recovers.

The pair, who met at Sydney’s Slip Inn bar during the 2000 Sydney Olympics, had recently returned to their home country after an official tour to the US.

Meanwhile it's not the first scare for the family in recent months. During a visit to Mary's homeland of Australia in December, their oldest child Prince Christian was rescued from a dangerous rip was caught while swimming on the Gold Coast.

Thankfully the heir to the Danish throne was plucked from the water by Lifeguard Nick Malcolm and made a full recovery.

Watch Princess Mary and Prince Frederik dance the night away at a gala at the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building in Washington.

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