The Danish royal family have shared a sweet video trimming their Christmas tree as they put on a united front weeks after the palace was scandalised by rumours of an affair.
Prince Frederik, Princess Mary and their children Christian, Isabella, Vincent and Josephine rallied together to deck the halls at Amalienborg, their official residence in Copenhagen.
A sweet clip shared to Instagram shows the family adding red candles, red and gold baubles and Santa ornaments to the tree.
Looking cosy in a Christmas jumper, Mary epitomising casual luxury as she pets the family border collie.
Perhaps a nod to the country’s flag a shot shows the tree complete with red and white baubles, while there’s even one that’s a replica of the palace itself.
Princess Mary looked festive as she trimmed the tree at the Danish royal palace in Copenhagen
The future queen looked delighted as she added candles and decorations to the tree
In the clip, eldest son and heir Christian helps his father as they climb up the ladder to top the tree, while the younger siblings place baubles the lower branches.
The show of unity comes amid furore in recent weeks after photos emerged in Spanish magazine Lecturas of Prince Frederik, 55, on a night out in Madrid with glamorous Mexican socialite Genoveva Casanova – and without his wife Princess Mary of Denmark, 51.
Genoveva and Frederik were seen out and about on the streets of Madrid in the photographs. Neither the Prince or his Australian-born wife Mary has commented on the allegations.
It has since emerged that father-of-four Frederik and glamorous Genoveva met on a hunting trip and see each other several times a year.
‘They have a friendship. They know each other and have friends in common. They usually meet several times a year,’ Susanna Griso, who presents Spanish TV show Espejo Público claimed.
Griso alleged that Genoveva had become close to the heir to the Danish throne after they met on a high end mountain hunting trip.
The presenter explained: ‘These are exclusive meetings, where you have to pay a lot of money to attend. All of the royals and children of the major families are there. The trips are organised mostly in Germany and Austria.’
On trips of this kind, usually in mountainous regions, guests pay thousands of Euros to be able to hunt European big game animals like red deer, Alpine Ibex, wild boar and mouflon wild sheep.
Prince Frederik put on a brave face as he ignored recent drama for some family time
Princess Isabella, 17, appeared in the festive spirit as she got ready for action
Griso added: ‘Her friends have told me that she is having a very bad time of it. She is in hiding right now and has turned off her mobile phone because she doesn’t want anyone to call her.’
It was the publication of photos in Lecturas magazine that sparked huge media interest in Spain, and the story has been dominating television news and chat shows in recent days.
Despite Genoveva’s denial, the allegations have captured attention in many Spanish-speaking countries as people say they were ‘completely unaware’ of the relationship between the reality TV star and royal.
A statement from the socialite said: ‘I categorically deny the statements that suggest a romantic relationship between Prince Frederick and me.’
She added: ‘Any statement of this type not only completely lacks the truth but also misrepresents the facts in a malicious manner.
‘This is already in the hands of my lawyers, who will take care of the pertinent steps to protect my right to honour, truth and privacy.’
Eldest son and heir Christian helps his father as they climb up the ladder to top the tree, while the younger siblings place baubles the lower branches
The family border collie helped out too, bringing decorations to the tree
Even at home, Mary proved she’s incredibly chic in a cosy get-up as she trimmed the tree (right)
According to Hola!, Crown Prince Frederik’s private trip to Spain was to enjoy art exhibitions, watch flamenco and visit new restaurants.
It is believed that he had planned to attend the Picasso exhibition with a mutual friend he shares with Genoveva – however at the last minute, the friend was unable to go and asked Genoveva to attend in his place.
After visiting the exhibition at the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, the pair walked through El Retiro Park, before heading to El Corral de la Morería for dinner.
Genoveva Casanova is a Mexican-born socialite living in Spain, who has also dabbled in acting over the years – taking a role in Goya’s Ghosts in 2006.
Meanwhile, the extended royals seem to be rallying together as Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is set to spend Christmas with both her sons Prince Joachim and Prince Frederik and their families.
The tree was completed in Danish red colours
Twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, 12, also got into the festive spirit
It’s a stark difference from the Danish Royal Family’s festive plans last year, when they spent it apart following a row over royal titles.
Tensions arose after the monarch stripped Prince Joachim’s four children of their prince and princess titles – a move which the sixth in line to the throne openly criticised.
But it seems the issue is all water under the bridge now after it was confirmed by the Danish Royal Household that this year, the Queen will be joined by her sons at Marselisborg Palace.
Queen Margrethe will take up residence at Marselisborg Palace from 20 December. She will celebrate Christmas Eve with Prince Frederik and his family, as well as Prince Joachim and Princess Marie and their two children.
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is set to spend Christmas with both her sons Prince Joachim and Prince Frederik and their families (pictured together in April 2023)
Princess Mary and Prince Frederik of Denmark (pictured together) are adopting Queen Elizabeth II ‘s ‘never explain, never complain’ mantra over the recent Mexican socialite drama, a royal journalist has claimed
Genoveva Casanova (pictured) was seen with the future King of Denmark
Prince Joachim’s son Count Felix will join his family on 25 December, while his brother Count Nikolai will spend Christmas abroad. He is currently studying at the University of Technology in Sydney.
Last year, Prince Joachim and his family spent Christmas in Vietnam, according to Danish magazine, Her & Nu, while Australian-born Princess Mary and her family spent the festive season in Hobart.
The magazine detailed the trip had been rescheduled from 2020 due to the pandemic, writing: ‘Joachim finally got the opportunity to show the children the country where their grandfather, Prince Henrik, spent many of his childhood and youth years.’
Queen Margrethe’s bombshell decision to remove her grandchildren’s HRH status made headlines around the world and caused a bitter row within the family after her youngest son Joachim spoke out against the move to change his children’s titles.
The monarch later issued an apology and admitted she had ‘underestimated’ the impact of her actions but said it was ‘a long time coming’.
She said the decision was intended to allow Countess Athena, 11, Count Felix, 20, Count Nikolai, 24, and Count Henrik, 13, to enjoy normal lives without royal obligations.