Here is a full translation of what Frederik, Mary and children said at this morning's press conference:
The Crown Prince couple’s wishes with this press conference is that the children get privacy during the rest of their stay.
Crown Prince Frederik started by telling us what he expects from this stay:
- “We want them to have an exciting stay with an international profile. They will speak English most of the day, and a little French will also be included. They are going to have a huge international experience, ”he says.
Crown Princess Mary was asked how they chose this school and this place?
- “It brings together many great opportunities and experiences for the children. We all like to be out in nature, and it is magnificent nature that we stand in.
We like to ski, and then it is an area we know, so it provides some safe environment in this way.
It is a fantastic school academically, and it allows the children to meet some other young people and, as my husband has just said, to give the children an insight into going to school in another country, ”she says.
Frederik added that although they are close to Denmark, it is a different environment. They get an extra sporting experience.
Prince Christian was asked what they looked most forward to:
- “We are really looking forward to getting to know a new country and getting to know the schooling in Switzerland. And of course also ski a little more and then get to know some people from different countries, ”he says.
Princess Isabella was asked if they speak both English and French?
- "Well me and Christian have French at home in school, and yes we are going to be much better at English, and also French, so we are looking forward to that," she says.
Crown Prince Frederik is asked where they as a family will stay during the 12 weeks?
- "We will be staying in the same cabin we have been using for the last ten years. It is a house that we bought over ten years ago. So it's a home we know."
Prince Christian is asked what subject he is most looking forward to?
- "Skiing," it sounds from Prince Christian with a big smile, while Princess Isabella agreed:
- "Yes, also skiing," she says with a smile.
During the short stay there will be times when Crown Prince Frederik has to go home to take care of official duties and alas has to be away from the family sometimes. The press asks the Crown Prince couple if they will miss each other in those situations?
The Crown Prince couple smiles to each other.
- "We always miss each other when we are away from each other, but it is a shared experience we do here and that is the condition it has," Crown Princess Mary tells.
Prince Christian is asked what he will miss at home?
- "Uh .. My classmates. And eh.......”.
Christian looks inquiring at his parents. He can't think of more right in the moment. The family laughs and Mary affirmatively tells Christian that missing his classmates is a really good answer.
Is it also an opportunity to get a little break from daily life at home?
- "Yes it will be a completely different daily rhythm we will have and it will also be exciting for us all to try something completely new," explains Crown Princess Mary.
Crown Prince Frederik adds:
- “Christian goes in 8th grade, so next year it won't be easy to take him out of school. There are graduation exams that he will be preparing for, so that would not make sense as it does this year. That's why it's great that we can take all 4 children out this year and together give them these 11.5 weeks experiences. ”
What does it mean for the Crown Prince family to be able to do this together as a family?
- “Well, as I said, now we have the opportunity to take all children out. Next year, it will not be so easy due to graduation from the 9th grade for Christian.
That's why it's fantastic we can give them - and ourselves - a huge experience in the three months here, ”concludes Crown Prince Frederik.
The Crown Prince couple says a thousand thanks to the press and Crown Princess Mary says excitedly to the children that now its time.. and the family goes to school.
Video with the interview in full lengde, but without the first 10 minutes before the family arrive: