King Frederik's Coronation Leaves International Mark: Receives Special Invitation

Written by Henrik Rothen

Jan.15 - 2024 7:45 PM CET

Photo:Keld Navntoft, Kongehuset ©
Photo:Keld Navntoft, Kongehuset ©
King Frederik's Coronation Leaves International Mark.

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Since his coronation, King Frederik X has received congratulations from near and far. Now, he has received a very special invitation.

The grand coronation of King Frederik X, particularly his appearance on the balcony of Christiansborg, attracted significant attention. However, it wasn't just in Denmark that people followed the splendid images. The coronation also resonated internationally.

In Paris, Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme followed the event, as Queen Margrethe, after 52 years on the throne, abdicated and handed over the throne to her son. King Frederik X, whom Christian Prudhomme got to know during Denmark's 'Grand Départ' in Copenhagen in the summer of 2022, made a lasting impression.

Christian Prudhomme shared his experience with BT and revealed that he and his daughter followed the coronation on Le Figaro's livestream. "I was touched to see the King step out onto the balcony with his family," Prudhomme said, recalling the impressive crowd in Copenhagen, reminiscent of the Tour de France start in 2022, which resulted in a Danish victory for Jumbo-Visma rider Jonas Vingegaard.

King Frederik X had already impressed Christian Prudhomme during the Tour de France in Denmark two years ago with his unpretentious and down-to-earth character. This has now led to a very special invitation for the king.

"It would please us greatly to see Frederik X, King of Denmark, at the Tour de France. We would very much like to welcome him on the roads of the Tour. We were very proud that he was present at the Grand Départ, and I can only renew the invitation," Prudhomme said to BT.

King Frederik has been engaged in sports in various contexts over time. Among other things, he has started and always participated in the annual 'Royal Run'. Frederik was also a member of the International Olympic Committee for a 12-year period that ended in 2021.