Wednesday 7 December 2016

Danish heir fractures spine on trampoline

Published 14/10/2016 | 14:06

Crown Prince Frederik has injured his spine
Crown Prince Frederik has injured his spine

Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik has fractured his cervical spine while trampolining and has been forced to cancel his participation in an official event for Danish Olympic athletes.

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The palace said the 48-year-old heir to Denmark's throne will wear a neck brace for the next 12 weeks.

Court spokeswoman Lene Balleby said in a statement that the accident would not make him cancel other ceremonial duties.

Prince Frederik, the oldest son of Danish monarch Queen Margrethe, holds no political power.

An avid sportsman, he is a member of the International Olympic Committee.

The royal family is hugely popular in Denmark and the monarchy enjoys widespread support.

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