Keep calm and carry on. That motto has got many a monarchy out of a muddle and it's being put into good use in Denmark right now. As Prince Henrik keeps the world entertained as he rows with himself about where he's going to be buried, the next generation of royals is keeping it real. What better way to show the regal focus is on the country and not the contents of a still to be dug grave than getting out and about and being seen to do just that? Cue the Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark on a charm offensive.
H.K.H. Kronprinsen er netop nu tilstede i FC Twente Stadion, Enschede, for at overvære det danske kvindelandsholds EM-finale i fodbold mod Nederlandene. Her ses Kronprinsen med kulturminister Mette Bock, tidligere statsminister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, minister for ligestilling Karen Ellemann og prorektor for Københavns Universitet, Lykke Friis, kort før kampen. 📸 Kongehuset 📸
First up, we had Frederik following the footie. The future king (Henrik's favourite word especially when applied to someone other than himself) was on hand to watch Denmark's women's team in the final of the European Championships which took place this weekend. He was with a high level delegation of female politicians and academics who appeared all over social media before the game.
Once Denmark had accepted their runners up medals after a close 4-2 loss to the Netherlands, Frederik was straight on to the pitch to congratulate the players. He posed for an epic amount of photos ensuring that, for one day at least, a Danish prince on the front of a global newspaper was there for a jolly reason and not because he'd sent the world into hysterics with one of the most ridiculous royal rows we've heard in decades.
But Henrik should know by now that even the mightiest strop will turn from headline news to fish and chip wrapping in less time than it takes to say sarcophagus. While he settled himself, Frederik and Mary popped the kids on board the royal yacht and set off on an unexpected short break to see some of the hidden gems of Denmark. Then put the photo on Instagram. And some more on Facebook.
Meanwhile, Queen Margrethe has been snapped with her sisters full of smiles and having a marvellous time as well as attending a conference on Vikings where she made a joke filled speech. Princess Marie has been out visiting support networks for children with autism while Prince Joachim took part in the Copenhagen Historic Grand Priz. And with the start of the school year approaching in Denmark, there's a new focus on the new life ahead for the youngest members of the family, Vincent, Josephine and Athena. Grandad Henrik continues his huff but surely even he's got the message now. This royal family is putting on a united front and carrying on regardless.
They gave us cute kids and royals trying to promote their country all in one social media splurge. That's royal duty.