Princess Mary’s nephew Count Nikolai of Denmark is currently enjoying a semester on exchange in Australia.
And the hunky prince lapped up the nation’s natural spoils on Saturday as he hit the beach in Byron Bay for his 24th birthday.
Joined by his bikini-clad girlfriend Benedikte Thoustrup and a group of friends, Nikolai looked to be in good spirits as he went for a swim and sipped beers by the shore.
The group then broke out the soccer ball for a kick around the grass.
Designer Benedikte, who is joining Nikolai for his semester-long trip Down Under, ensured all eyes were on her as she strolled around in her black two-piece.
Danish royal Count Nikolai (left) celebrated his 24th birthday with beers in Byron Bay on Saturday with his bikini-clad girlfriend Benedikte Thoustrup (right) and pals
Nikoali meanwhile showcased his svelte physique in a pair of striped board shorts.
At times, the couple were seen getting cosy in the surf, with Nikolai playfully embracing the brunette from behind.
The pair live together in Copenhagen but moved to Sydney for his studies at the beginning of August. The pair will leave in November.
Nikolai, whose father is Prince Joachim of Denmark, is seventh in line to the Danish throne.
Nikolai looked to be in good spirits as he went for a swim and sipped beers by the shore
Nikolai is undertaking a semester at the University of Technology in Sydney. His designer girlfriend Benedikte is joining him. Both pictured
At times, the couple were seen getting cosy in the surf, with Nikolai playfully embracing the brunette from behind
In March, Count Nikolai of Denmark launched a new Instagram account to promote his modelling career after being stripped of his ‘HRH’ status by his grandmother, Queen Margrethe.
It was a tumultuous year for the Danish Royal Family after the monarch controversially took the title from Prince Joachim’s eldest son, as well as also taking the prince and princess titles from his younger children Athena, 11, Prince Felix, 20, and Prince Henrik, 13.
They are now Counts and Countess and referred to as Their Excellencies – and in January this year the Danish Royal Family updated their website to show the new status.
The royal displayed his lithe physique in a pair of striped board shorts
Designer Benedikte, who is joining Nikolai for his semester-long trip Down Under, ensured all eyes were on her as she strolled around in her black two-piece
The couple certainly flashed the flesh while enjoying the low-key celebrations
Benedikte looked in good spirits as she enjoyed a dip
A female friend (right) joined the couple for the beach outing
Nikolai showed his slender frame while shirtless in the ocean
The Queen insisted the move will be ‘good for them in their future’ and allow the children – who have maintained their positions in the line of succession – to ‘shape their own lives without being limited by the special considerations and duties’ that a formal affiliation with the Danish Royal Family involves.
Following his grandmother’s move to strip him and his siblings of their titles ‘for their own good’, Count Nikolai said that he was sad, shocked and confused.
‘My whole family and I are of course very sad. We are, as my parents have also stated, in shock at this decision and at how quickly it has actually gone,’ he told Danish newspaper Extrabladet.
‘I am very confused as to why it has to happen like this,’ he told reporters from outside the Copenhagen apartment where he lives with his girlfriend.
Nikolai, whose father is Prince Joachim of Denmark, is seventh in line to the Danish throne
In March, Count Nikolai of Denmark launched a new Instagram account to promote his modelling career after being stripped of his ‘HRH’ status by his grandmother, Queen Margrethe
The shirtless gents took photos on the beach
Countess Alexandra, mother to Count Nikolai and Count Felix, was also ‘very sad’ and ‘shocked’ about the decision.
‘She can’t believe why and why now, because there’s no good reason,’ Helle von Wildenrath Løvgreen, press secretary to Countess Alexandra told CNN.
‘They would lose their titles anyway when they get married one day.
The group sipped beers while relaxing by the shore
Nikolai showcased his sporting skills on the grass
The group looked like any other fun-loving group on the beach
‘Her sons are young men so maybe they might get married in the near future so why shouldn’t it wait until that day so that the titles would disappear on a happy day?’
Prince Joachim told Ekstra Bladet that his children had been ‘hurt’ by the decision – and claimed he had only been given a few days to break the news to them before the announcement was made publicly.
Prince Joachim, the brother of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, is now married to Princess Marie of Denmark.
Nikolai arrived in Australia in August. He is set to leave in November