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Your first day at school is a big occasion in anyone’s life. But when you are the future heir to the Danish throne, the media are bound to be interested, too.

And five year old Prince Christian’s parents – Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary – have broken with royal tradition, sending their son to a state school.

He is to attend Tranegaardsskolen, located just north of central Copenhagen. He will be the first in the family to attend a state school. His father, uncle and two cousins all attended a private school.

His mother recalled her first school day as exciting and frightening. “It was a big moment, frightened and at the time something I was looking forward to so much,” Princess Mary said.

Prince Christian has three younger siblings -Princess Isabella and the twins Prince Vincent and Princes Josephine – and is second in the Danish line of succession, following his father.

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