Danish royal children to spend three months in Switzerland

The four children of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary are to be enrolled at the Lemania-Verbier international school in Switzerland in 2020.

Danish royal children to spend three months in Switzerland
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary with their children and Queen Margrethe.Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark’s royal family confirmed the four siblings – the oldest of whom, 13-year-old Prince Christian, is second in line to the throne – will be spending some time abroad.

Crown Princess Mary will, however, accompany the children for much of their stay.

Prince Christian’s younger siblings are Princess Isabella, 12, and twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, 8.

Although the announcement is less dramatic than the removal of five of the grandchildren of King Carl XVI Gustaf from the Swedish royal house, it does mean that Crown Princess Mary will have fewer official duties.

The Crown Princess told TV2 she saw the time away as an opportunity for her children.

“We see it as a gift for our children that they can share, and a gift they will have for the rest of their lives,” she said.

Once their stay at the Swiss school is over, the royal siblings will return to their regular school in Gentofte near Copenhagen.

The decision follows in the footsteps of Crown Prince Frederik, who went to school in France as a teenager along with his younger brother Prince Joachim.

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Italian king’s heir apologises for monarchy’s Holocaust role

A descendant of Italy's wartime King Victor Emmanuel III has apologised to the country's Jewish community for his ancestor's role in dictator Mussolini's racial laws and the Holocaust.

Italian king's heir apologises for monarchy's Holocaust role
An archival picture of the Italian royal family in 1938 . Photo: AFP

“I condemn the 1938 racial laws, all of whose weight I still feel on my shoulders to this day, and with me the whole royal house,” 48-year-old Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy said of his great-grandfather.

Victor Emmanuel III had put his signature to an “unacceptable document”, he added in a letter posted to Facebook, “officially apologising” in the name of his family.

Almost 8,000 Italian Jews were deported from the country and murdered in Nazi extermination camps, most of them in Auschwitz.

Giving a TV interview alongside the letter, Emanuele Filiberto also vaunted his family's positive role in Italian unification and granting of equal rights to Jews from 1848.

Several Italian royals were themselves deported to Nazi concentration camps, he recalled.

After the war, Victor Emmanuel III abdicated in May 1946 and died the following year in Egypt.

His son Humbert II reigned for only a month before leaving for Switzerland when Italians opted for a republican constitution in a referendum.

Parliament only ended a constitutional ban on the House of Savoy's male heirs returning to Italy in 2002, after Emanuele Filiberto and his father Vittorio Emanuele swore loyalty to the republic.

The two men gave up on compensation claims demanding 260 million euros for their family's exile and the return of the royal family's confiscated property after a public outcry.

Emanuele Filiberto is married to French actress Clotilde Courau.