Danish heir fractures his cervical spine on trampoline
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark’s royal household says Crown Prince Frederik has fractured his cervical spine while trampolining at a private event and had to cancel his participation Friday in an official event for Danish Olympic athletes.
The palace says the 48-year-old heir to Denmark’s throne will wear a cervical collar for the next 12 weeks.
Court spokeswoman Lene Balleby said in a statement the accident would not make him cancel other ceremonial duties.
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.