Prince Joachim of Denmark underwent emergency brain surgery following a blood clot but is now in a ‘stable condition’, the Danish palace has confirmed.
On Friday, the 51-year-old son of Queen Margrethe, who is sixth in line to the throne, was rushed to Toulouse University Hospital in France, where he was immediately operated on.
The procedure was ‘successful’ and the prince’s condition is said to be stable, while his wife Princess Marie, 44, remains by his hospital bedside, according to a Royal Court statement.
Just two days earlier, Prince Joachim had been celebrating his second son’s 18th birthday at the Danish royals’ summer residence, Chateau de Cayx in Cahors, in southern France.
In a statement the Palace said: ‘His Royal Highness Prince Joachim was admitted to the University Hospital of Toulouse, France, late last night.
‘The prince was operated on immediately afterwards for a blood clot in the brain and the operation was successful. The condition of His Royal Highness is stable today.’
The statement continued: ‘The Royal House has no further information at this point in time, but it is the wish of Her Majesty The Queen that the public respects the privacy of the family during the hospitalisation.’
On Wednesday, the prince had celebrated his son Prince Felix’s 18th birthday, alongside the teenager’s mother and his ex-wife, Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg.
The parents were joined by their eldest son Prince Nikolai, 20, and Joachim’s current wife Princess Marie and their two children Prince Henrik, 11, and Princess Athena, eight.
Sharing intimate family photographs to Instagram, the group are seen hugging one another in a group snap.
Prince Joachim of Denmark and his ex-wife, Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg divorced in 2004 after 10 years together – they were Denmark’s first royal split in nearly 160 years.
The prince, who is the second son of Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik, is sixth in line to the throne after his elder brother Crown Prince Frederik and his four children with Australian-born Crown Princess Mary.
He has since remarried Paris-born Marie Cavallier, now Princess Marie and the couple have two children together Prince Henrik, 11, and Princess Athena, eight.