Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark was hospitalized last week after a ski accident in Switzerland.
Frederik, 51, sustained a “minor injury” to his left shoulder on the slopes near Verbier in southwestern Switzerland, an exclusive resort where he regularly spends his holidays with wife Crown Princess Mary, 48, and their four children.
Verbier, a royal winter playground, attracts a wonderful guest list every season, including Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and their three children George, Charlotte and Louis, and Sarah Ferguson and her daughters Princess Beatrice and Eugenie.
Prince Frederik was admitted to Rigshospitalet – a top hospital in Copenhagen – on his return to Denmark, where doctors performed routine surgery on Tuesday.
The procedure was successful and will not interrupt Frederik’s schedule of official assignments, and official statement from the Danish royal house.
Crown Prince Frederik (left in 2014) sustained a “minor injury” to his left shoulder on the slopes near Verbier in southwestern Switzerland, an exclusive resort where he regularly went on holiday with wife Crown Princess Mary (right in 2014) and their four children
“His Royal Highness The crown prince suffered a slight injury last week in (sic) the left shoulder in connection with skiing in Switzerland,” said Danish Royal Communications Director Lene Balleby Tuesday.
“The crown prince was therefore examined today and treated at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen.”
Frederik is supposed to have skied in the luxury wooden chalet that he bought more than ten years ago with the Australian-born princess Mary.
The couple stayed at the lodge to be close to their children who spend three months in a Swiss boarding school to continue their international education.
Prince Christian, 14, Princess Isabella, 12 and nine-year-old twins In January, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine were temporarily transferred from the Tranegård school in eastern Denmark to the Lemania-Verbier international school in the Swiss Alps.
Frederik and Mary stayed at the lodge to be close to their four children (from left to right: Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Josephine and Prince Vincent) who spend three months in a Swiss boarding school to promote their international education (the family attends a photo call during their annual skiing holiday in 2015)
Ski accidents that have shocked the world
Formula 1 kingpin Michael Schumacher was skiing with his 14-year-old son Mick at Meribel in the French Alps on December 29, 2013 when he lost his position, fell and hit his head on a rock.
The racing star suffered a serious head injury despite wearing a ski helmet. He was flown to Grenoble Hospital where doctors performed two emergency operations and placed Schumacher in an induced coma because of his traumatic brain injury. Despite reports of improvement, it was revealed in November 2014 that Schumacher was paralyzed and in a wheelchair and had lost the ability to talk to much of his memory.
In September 2019, the French outlet Le Parisien reported that Schumacher had been admitted to the Hopital Europeen Georges-Pompidou in Paris for groundbreaking cell treatment.
British actress Natasha Richardson slipped and hit her head during a beginner ski lesson at the Mont Tremblant Resort in Quebec, Canada on March 16, 2009. She refused medical treatment and initially seemed fine, but three hours later she got a headache in her hotel. Richardson was taken to the hospital where she died two days after the accident on March 18 at the age of 49.
The star did not wear a helmet during her lesson. Her death led to a worldwide debate about whether to wear helmets on the slopes.
The German Chancellor broke her pelvis during cross-country skiing in the Swiss Alps in January 2014. Merkel also suffered serious bruises and was forced to cancel several meetings and trips in the next three weeks.
PRINCESS CAROLINE OF MONACO
An accomplished skier, the daughter of Hollywood Queen, who became royalty Grace Kelly in real life, seriously injured her knee when she collided with another skier in Arlberg, Austria in February 2001.
Her husband, Prince Ernst August of Hanover, launched a $ 36,000 rescue mission to take her off the mountain.
The then California governor stumbled over one of his ski poles and broke his right thigh while skiing in Sun Valley, Idaho with his family on December 23, 2006.
Sir Paul McCartney’s model and ex-wife crashed onto a plastic pole that was frozen during skiing on the Moelltaler Glacier in the Austrian Alps in January 2011. She shattered a shoulder blade but took the accident with her and told the media in time: “That’s skiing, you know.”
CROWN PRINCESS VICTORIA OF SWEDEN
The heir to the Swedish throne slipped and sprained her only while skiing in the Italian Alipine resort of Cervinia in December 2013.
The Prince has been photographed on the slopes several times since the move, including on Mary’s 48th birthday on February 5.
Frederik and Mary have been confronted with criticism in recent weeks after it was announced that their ski chalet was rented on Airbnb for $ 14,000 AUD per week when they were not using it.
The Danish royal family lives off a public benefit paid by the taxpayer of around $ 4 million a year. The money may only be spent on foreign assets with the consent of the legislator.
The couple has since announced that they will no longer advertise the house as a rental due to privacy concerns.
The royal couple have come under fire after they have revealed that they have earned money from a private Swiss ski hut that they have secretly owned for 10 years
MEP Mai Villadsen told the Danish media: ‘I was very surprised when I discovered that the family does not only have such a house, they have had such a house for 10 years, without the ordinary Danes knowing.
“We are the ones paying the money, so we have to know the house.”
The Royal House initially refused to comment on the issue and claimed that it considered the purchase of the property a “private matter” – to which Villadsen replied: “I find it very difficult to see that a royal estate can be a private matter.” As far as I know, the appanage [considerable inheritance of heirs to the throne] has just increased. “
According to the Danish magazine Billed-Bladet, the building of the crown prince and the princess is a ‘traditional Swiss wooden chalet with a beautiful, large terrace, located in a child-friendly neighborhood and within walking distance of the children’s school’.
The secluded chalet of the Crown Prince couple has a fireplace, wooden walls, ceilings and floorboards, as well as large windows overlooking the ski area
Photos of the building came up after a palace spokeswoman confirmed that it would no longer be for rent
While their secret stay was criticized by one party within the Danish political sphere, Conservative MP Birgitte Bergman said she could see “nothing wrong” with the couple who own the Swiss house.
“My party supports the royal family 100 percent and the dispositions they make now, as long as it’s within the law,” she said.
“We can’t see anything wrong with that. This must also be regarded as an old case. This happened 10 years ago and today has no relevance. “