The Royal Forums Coat of Arms

Closed Thread
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-08-2018, 02:26 PM
Somebody's Avatar
Super Moderator
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Somewhere, Suriname
Posts: 9,361
I assume it was his choice but had he chosen differently that would not have been appreciated, so I am not sure how much of a choice he really had.

It doesn't seem he has a clue what he wants to do with his life: farming is out of the question after the estate was sold and 'race car driver' sounds as something only extremely rich and well-connected boys would think of unless they would be very talented (and he clearly isn't in that category). So, really the only thing that he knows is that he will do what his dad expects of him (joining the military) and do some modelling on the side.

This gives the impression of a somewhat spoiled rich kid who has tons of opportunities whose interests so far seem rather superficial (I get he is only 18 but I would hope the DRF would have instilled the idea of 'responsibility' in him). Hopefully his time in the military will give him some focus so he finds a way to use all the opportunities he has to bring about something good.
Old 07-08-2018, 02:37 PM
Muhler's Avatar
Imperial Majesty
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Eastern Jutland, Denmark
Posts: 16,270
I agree.
I think the military will be beneficial for him.
It will teach him self discipline, responsibility, humility and mature him.

It must also be difficult. There are so many doors open for him, and being royal there are also many doors closed to him.
I won't go as far as to call him a spoiled, rich kid, but certainly undecided. Like so many young people his age.
Old 07-08-2018, 03:10 PM
Archduchess Zelia's Avatar
Heir Apparent
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Posts: 3,429
Originally Posted by carina_a View Post
Zelia, you mentioned the CP children go to 'a public private school', what exactly do you mean?

I've always thought they went to a decent but normal public school (no uniforms etc) unlike Joachim's children. But it sounds like it's not just an average school? More like a public funded school but for posh people?

I have zero knowledge of the education system in Denmark so be patient with me please
Muhler explained it really well in post #584. You were right, it is a state school and free of charge. If you live within the school's district, that's almost certainly the school you get into. Thing is that it's located in a very affluent neighbourhood. There isn't a whole lot of economic diversity going on, the vast majority of its students are from good families with both a financial and a social surplus. And the parents' economy is guaranteed to reflect in the school's environment and the quality of the education. And that's probably also why Mary and Frederik chose the school. Not only is the standard of the school high, we also know that several of their friends' children go there.

To the best of my knowledge, the CP children would've belonged to Nyboder Skole's school district and while I appreciate how Mary and Frederik decided to put their children in a public school – I personally think all royal children can benefit from that – I would've lauded them if they'd let the kids go to their district school. To meet and befriend people from different backgrounds and cultures, I think, would be especially beneficial for royal children – and especially the future monarch. The "letting one's children go to a public school" aspect sort of pales when it's "just" a public school within private school settings

Originally Posted by gerry View Post
So why did Prince Nikolai go to Herlufsholm and why is this school not selected for Prince Felix? I am just curious and wonder whether school fees are perhaps an issue?
Not sure how it relates to my post about Holte and Hellerup (Herlufsholm is located in Næstved) but I'm guessing it was just a matter of choice. Didn't he say himself that he opted for this school because he preferred to stay close to his family and friends? But then, Herlufsholm was his second choice, so he probably just preferred GHG.
"Hope is like the sun. If you only believe it when you see it you'll never make it through the night."
Our Princess

Old 07-08-2018, 05:11 PM
HereditaryPrincess's Avatar
Heir Apparent
Royal Blogger
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: London, United Kingdom
Posts: 13,871
Originally Posted by Muhler View Post
Nikolai has given an interview to the magazine Euroman.

Here he is talking about his immediate plans for the future.
Sitting next to him during the interview was Alexandra, who also assisted Nikolai in regards to phrasing his replies as the magazine notice. - He is of course not used to nor trained in dealing with the press and giving longer interviews.

As you know Nikolai will join the army next month and about the decision he says:
"It was a wish within the family that that I at least signed up for conscription. (volunteer conscription. Way over 90 % of all Danish conscripts are volunteers.) So I thought I would build on that with an additional military education."
Der var et ønske i familien om, at jeg tog i hvert fald værnepligten derinde. Så tænkte jeg, at det vil jeg bygge videre på med en lidt længere militæruddannelse,

Here Alexandra interjects:
"I think we have recommended some things. But ultimately it was your choice."
Jeg tror, vi har anbefalet nogle ting. Men det var dit valg i sidste ende«

Nikolai adds that he was the one who told his dad about his decision. (It's no secret Joachim very much wished for Nikolai to join the military.)

Nikolai has not yet determined what he want's to do after the military. But it will be a civilian education, either in DK or abroad.
With perhaps the occasional modelling job in between.

Nikolai has previously talked about him wanting to become a farmer (and agricultural education) or becoming a racing driver - but farming certainly is very much off. But he'd still like to race if he got the opportunity.
However mother Alexandra believes that to be too late. He should have started driving go-carts years ago for him to become a racing driver.

Nikolai also got a little heat during the PH's funeral events, when he went off modelling. But that with the full support of his parents, who believed he should stay committed to his modelling-commitments. And that PH would have agreed with them in that respect.


The magazine Euroman is I believe a magazine that is very much aimed at men, who are successful career-men and young men like Nikolai. Who wish to remain on top of the latest male trends in regards to fashion, accessories, appearance and so on.


Nikolai is of course getting a lot of attention, because he is the first young man who is becoming an adult in the DRF for many years.
So there is a lot of interest in what his role is going to be in regards to the DRF. What kind of life he intends to build and so on. It is very much an indication of what certainly Joachim's children will do.
Thank you for the expert, Muhler.
It certainly does seem that Nikolai has been more in the spotlight recently. He's at a different stage of life from Mary and Frederik's children which is more interesting from the media's point of view (girlfriends, careers, etc).
I presume that he was inspired by life at Schakenborg in regards to his original agricultural aspirations.
Haha, I also thought it was funny when Alexandra said that the military was ultimately Nikolai's decision; also reminds me a lot of conversations I have with my own mother.
"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone". Audrey Hepburn

"Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy". Anne Frank
Old 07-11-2018, 02:45 AM
Muhler's Avatar
Imperial Majesty
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Eastern Jutland, Denmark
Posts: 16,270
For a while at least, it seems like Nikolai and his Benedikte will mainly see each other on skype.
Because after the summer holidays she will move to Paris to study French and she will stay there for six months.
Nikolai will in the meantime go through boot camp and then start at the NCO school.

The gossip magazine Her & Nu has talked to Benedikte's dad, Anders Thoustrup, and he says about Nikolai:
"I have of course met Prince Nikolai and he is a very likable young man. He is thoroughly likable."
Jeg har selvfølgelig mødt prins Nikolai og han er en meget sympatisk, ung mand. Han er gennemført sympatisk,
Old 07-11-2018, 03:21 AM
Imperial Majesty
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Posts: 11,963
A bit too early to speculate if this is a future Danish Princess
However, if their relationship survives a six-month separation, it bodes well for the future.
Old 07-11-2018, 02:56 PM
Muhler's Avatar
Imperial Majesty
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Eastern Jutland, Denmark
Posts: 16,270
This time we have a statement from Alexandra about Benedikte:

Through her secretary Alexandra says:
"Benedikte is a wonderful girl, whom we are glad to know."
Benedikte er en vidunderlig pige, som vi er glade for at kende,

We also learn that Benedikte is to study French at Sorbonne, which must be considered among the best, if not the best university in France.
Prince Henrik studied law and political science at Sorbonne and QMII studied political science there.

We also learn that Benedikte's father is a comfortable millionaire. With a fortune I will estimate a little less than Joachims and probably on par with QMII's fortune - again in my estimation.

- From that we can deduce that Benedikte is pretty bright! And that she is almost certainly pretty accomplished in the French language.
Old 07-11-2018, 05:31 PM
HereditaryPrincess's Avatar
Heir Apparent
Royal Blogger
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: London, United Kingdom
Posts: 13,871
Interesting, thanks Muhler. Given her background, it seems that it was inevitable that Benedikte and Nikolai would cross paths. Also interesting that she is going to the Sorbonne; my drama teacher at secondary school's husband studied there. I didn't realise that Henrik and Margrethe went there too. I wonder if any of the young members of the DRF will study there when they eventually go off to university.
Benedikte seems like a nice girl.
"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone". Audrey Hepburn

"Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy". Anne Frank
Old 07-12-2018, 02:03 AM
Heir Presumptive
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Posts: 2,716
The "Euroman" cover:
Old 07-12-2018, 08:20 AM
Muhler's Avatar
Imperial Majesty
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Eastern Jutland, Denmark
Posts: 16,270
Things are very quiet DRF-wise here in DK!

QMII is at Marselisborg, and when she isn't there, she is probably quietly visiting every archeological dig or museum in Jutland she possibly can or going to outdoor theaters. - So she's probably happy.
J&M you ask? They may very well be in France right now.
No idea where M&F are, but they should arrive at Gråsten within the next day or two and my guess is that they will stay there until the end of week 30.

So that leaves Nikolai. He has as you know by now been interviewed by Euroman, but also Dust magazine - also seconded by his mother.
And Billed Bladet has some quotes from that interview in this weeks issue.

(BTW it appears Nikolai has been allocated to Henrik Salling. I have noticed that the BB reporters tend to split the DRF between them and hopefully build up a kind of relationship over the years with the individual royals.)

Nikolai remember from his childhood that they has a F-word box at home. (*)
"We had an F-word box. I think you paid 5 DKK (a little less than a Dollar) per swear-word. The one who had used least swear words got the pile at the end of the week. It used to be dad who lost."

Nikolai has no plans for studying abroad after the military.
"When I was younger I wanted to study abroad - preferably in Hong Kong. Now I really like to be in Copenhagen and for the moment I can't see myself elsewhere. I will however be in Jutland a lot of the time while I'm in the military. But I'll be coming home to Copenhagen during most weekends."

That's something that delights mother. During a part of the interview they also talk about moving away from home. and Here he says to his mother: "You said something about gradually letting go..."
Alexandra: "Gradual... that's probably the optimum word."

About being a royal he says: "To be a royal today has changed a lot in relation to how it was 100 years ago. The modern world means the monarchy has had to adapt itself. I have the best of two worlds, as I have duties and responsibilities, but I can at the same time live almost a normal life. For that I can thank my parents." (**)

(*) A swear-word box I think it's called in English, but I thought the name needed a little modernization...

(**) Ahh, he does sound like the ideal son, doesn't he?
Just wait when he comes back from boot camp, with cropped hair and sporting a new tattoo on his buttocks: Eat my dust, Chuck Norris!
Old 07-13-2018, 06:01 AM
Muhler's Avatar
Imperial Majesty
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Eastern Jutland, Denmark
Posts: 16,270

Nikolai is to start in the military in a couple of weeks and on the 15th August Joachim and our Marie will visit him in the barracks at Varde.
(It's a parents day, where the proud parents will see their sons and daughters look like and begin to act like soldiers.)
At the same time it marks the 30th anniversary for Joachim starting his NCO training the same place.
Old 07-13-2018, 07:05 AM
Imperial Majesty
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Posts: 11,963
And Countess Alexandra will not be there?
Old 07-13-2018, 07:09 AM
Muhler's Avatar
Imperial Majesty
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Eastern Jutland, Denmark
Posts: 16,270
Perhaps. But she is not mentioned in the article. Nor is Felix for that matter.
Old 07-15-2018, 08:24 AM
iceflower's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: , Germany
Posts: 73,875

Time to close this thread. Thanks for all your contributions! The new thread can be found here.
**** Welcome aboard! ****
Closed Thread

prince felix, prince henrik, prince joachim's children, prince nikolai, princess athena, princess marie's children

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Nikolai and Felix: Future Possibilities and Options Julia Prince Joachim, Princess Marie and Family 90 02-12-2022 01:44 PM
Christening of Princess Athena: May 20, 2012 iceflower Prince Joachim, Princess Marie and Family 433 02-09-2022 07:28 PM
Prince Nikolai, Prince Felix and Prince Henrik, News 1: July 2009 - February 2012 Mandy Current Events Archive 256 02-05-2012 08:00 AM
Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix, Current Events 1: September 2005 - July 2009 Josefine Current Events Archive 556 07-26-2009 01:23 PM

Popular Tags
#alnahyan #baby #rashidmrm baptism british camilla home caroline christenings commonwealth countries crest defunct thrones edward vii emperor naruhito empress masako fabio bevilacqua fallen empires fallen kingdom fifa women's world cup football france godfather grace kelly grand duke henri grimaldi hollywood hotel room for sale house of gonzaga international events jewellery jewels king king charles king george king philippe list of rulers monaco new zealand; cyclone gabrielle official visit order of the redeemer overseas tours pamela hicks preferences prince & princess of wales prince albert monaco prince christian princeharry princess alexia princess alexia of the netherlands princess of wales queen queen alexandra queen camilla queen elizabeth ii queen elizabeth ii style queen mathilde ray mill royal christenings royals royal wedding royal without thrones silk soccer spanish royal family state visit state visit to france state visit to germany switzerland tiaras william woven

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:30 AM.

Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2023
Jelsoft Enterprises