Prince Frederik has been forced to cancel his attendance at today’s reception for the Danish Olympic athletes after suffering a serious sports injury of his own: a spinal fracture endured in a trampoline accident yesterday.
Frederik will be forced to wear a neck brace for the next 12 weeks in the wake of the accident, which occurred at a private function in a gym and involved him cracking a bone in the cervical spine, which is located in the neck.
“Naturally, I am sad not to be able to take part in the reception today,” he said.
“I had looked forward to celebrating the Danish athletes for their historic showing in Rio. I wish the participants a good day at Christiansborg.”
Queuing for the Queen
The 48-year-old Crown Prince is not expected to suffer any permanent damage, and the injury is not expected to impact on any of his other official duties and events in his schedule.
The Danish athletes could still enjoy a regal greeting as Queen Margrethe was at hand to show the royal flag at the event.