In an official statement by the Palace, it was announced that His Royal Highness Prince Joachim of Denmark and his family will move to Paris. The move comes following the French Defense Miniter’s invitation to the Prince. In this invitation, Prince Joachim was invited to join France’s higest-ranking military training course at the École Militaire.

His Royal Highness and the defence minister became very well acquainted during the French state visit to Denmark last year. During this visit, the strategic partnership between the two countries was discussed in depth. With the main focus being on mutual business, cultural and defence areas. Prince Joachim will be the first Danish officer to participate in this prestigious programme.

His Royal Highness is set to move to Paris in September of this year and will remain there until the summer of 2020. He will be joined by his wife Princess Marie and their two children, Prince Henrik and Princess Athena.

Through the École Militaire, the training will take place over six days a week. The course consists of two parts which will be held at the Center des Hautes Études Militaires (CHEM) and the Institut des Hautes Études de la Defense National (IHEDN).

Most of the studies will be conducted at the Center des Hautes Études Militaires and will consist of high-level interim studies. The main topics are military strategic management and international relations. Only a small selection of 30 officers with Colonel or Commander rank are admitted. The participants are mainly from France with only a few from France’s strategic partners invited.

Supplemented by the Institut des Hautes Études de la Defense National, the military studies will be focussing on public administration and strategic management. This group will see around 70 business leaders, representatives of the media world, parliamentarians and officials participate. The programme’s cirriculem will include crisis management, exhange of expeience, politics, culture, military disciplines and international relations within trade.

In a statement, the Palace said that “The additional training in France supplements Prince Joachim’s current post in the Danish Defence, where the Prince is the special advisor to the chief of defence in relation to the reserve since 2015.” The Palace further remarked:

“The stay in France does not involve any changes in the couple’s ties to their patronages and partner organizations.

Images: The Royal Danish House

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