HRH Prince Joachim to Denmark, Count of Monpezat, Picture by Steen Brogaard, Kongehuset.
The Danish Ministry of Defence announced that Brigadier general HRH Prince Joachim to Denmark, Count of Monpezat, is due to become the country’s Military Attaché at the Royal Danish Embassy in France (Paris) from 1 September 2020.
The role of Military Attaché in France is of particular diplomatic relevance owing to the deepening defence ties between France and Denmark. In particular Denmark’s armed forces are involved the Sahel region in Africa, the Strait of Hormuz between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula and in Estonia; all the latter dossiers are handled through an excellent cooperation with France.
Joachim to Denmark holds the rank of Brigadier general, speaks fluent French -in addition to his native Danish, English and German-, and is rather well-acquainted to French costumes and interests, being himself the son of a French nobleman.
Since September 2019 the prince has been trained at the prestigious École Militaire in Paris. His military training began in 1987 when he became a recruit in the Queen’s Live Regiment. On 1 November 2015, Prince Joachim took up a position as Specialist in the Armed Forces in relation to the implementation of a new overall strength concept intended to strengthen the use of volunteers in the Home Guard and reserve personnel.
Joachim is due to become the second royal to hold this post after his kinsman Colonel Prince Georg Valdemar, (1920-86) a great-grandson of King Christian IX of Denmark, who filled the role in the 1970s after beginning as head for the military office in London.
Defence Minister Trine Bramse hailed the appointment citing the prince’s professional credentials.
For further information:
Profile on the website of the Danish Royal Household: http://kongehuset.dk/en/the-royal-house/prince-joachim-and-princess-marie/hrh-prince-joachim
Statement by the Danish Ministry of Defence: https://fmn.dk/nyheder/Pages/HKH-Prins-Joachim-ny-forsvarsattache-i-Paris.aspx