Danish Prince to divorce

Prince Joachim and Princess Alexandra of Denmark have decided to part after nine years of marriage. The couple got married 1995 and have two children.

The divorce was confrimed at a press conference at 11:30 a.m. at Amalienborg Slott, the royal castle.

«After many and difficult considerations have we decided that we are going to separate with the intent to later divorce. We have agreed upon the terms and will have joint custody of our two children,» the couple said in a statement.

According to a press release at the royal castle, «it is with the greatest regret that the Queen and the Prince have accepted this decision. At the same time the couple will provide it full support to Prince Joachim and Princess Alexandra in this difficult period which is awaits them.»

«The Queen and the Prince want to contribute and ensure that there is a dignified solution for their son and daughter-in-law, and that the children, Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix, are ensured safe conditions.»

Married in 1995
Prince Joachim and Princess Alexandra met in 1994 and got married November 18, 1995. The couple have two children, Prince Nikolai William Alexander Fredrik, born August 28, 1999, and Prince Felix Henrik Valdemar Christian born July 22, 2002.

Prince Joachim, 35, is the youngest son of Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik and the brother of Crown Prince Fredrik, who married Australian Mary Donaldson in May of this year.

Princess Alexandra, born Alexandra Manley in Hong Kong 1964, is the daughter of the Chinese born Richard Manley and Austrian Christa Maria Manley.

Alexandra, who has an economy degree, has been very involved in the royal familie's functions since she became a member of the family, and she is popular among the Danish people.

Lose the title «royal»
Prince Joachim and Princess Alexandra will both continue their duties and functions during the separation period which must be at least six months.

During the separation period, Alexandra will keep her title. After the divorce papers are signed, she loses the title «royal» and will have the title Her Highness Princess Alexandra.

Prince Joachim will continue to live at Schackenborg Slott located in the southern part of Jylland, while Princess Alexandra is going to live at the couple’s apartment at Amalienborg Castle together with the couple’s two children, Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix.

Not a big surprise
The announced divorce is not a surprise as many foreign magazines have been speculated in the state of the marriage for several months, among other things because the couple have during the last year have not appeared together at a number of social and official connections. The Danish Extrabladet has earlier reported that they were living completely separate lives.

However, the couple actually appeared together when the entire Danish royal family was present as guests at a large high society wedding at Fyn Saturday. According to the Norwegian magazine Se og Hør, the two of them walked side by side, happy and smiling and exchanged looks that could not be mistaken.

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