Count Nikolai of Denmark appears to be making the most of his last summer in Europe ahead of his relocation to Sydney.
The model, 23, has enjoyed a getaway to Château de Cayx in the South of France, which was purchased by his grandparents Queen Margrethe and the late Prince Henrik in 1974.
Earlier this week, Nikolai – who was stripped of his HRH status in January – shared several images from his getaway with family and friends with his 62,500 Instagram followers.
The first post shows the royal posing in front of a vineyard while sharing a bottle of rose with an unnamed female companion – may have been his glamorous designer girlfriend Benedikte Thoustrup.
Nikolai was pictured smiling off into the distance while wearing a short-sleeved white linen shirt, sand-coloured trousers, trainers and a beige fedora.
Pictured: Count Nikolai of Denmark poses in front of a vineyard at his grandmother’s Château de Cayx estate earlier this month
The Count – who is still seventh in line to the throne in Denmark – captioned the post: ‘Summer nights.’
Yesterday, Nikolai then posted a second carousel of images from his French escape – the first of which showed him opening the shutters of the Chateau, which dates back to medieval times.
After this, he posted an image of two women – who appear to be his half-sister Countess Athena and step-mother Princess Marie of Denmark – overlooking the estate.
Thirdly, Nikolai – whose father is Prince Joachim of Denmark – shared a heartwarming snap of him and Athena beaming at the camera as they swam together in a lake.
The carousel of Instagram pictures also included an image o a young boy – which could have been his younger half-sibling Count Henrik – enjoying a boat trip.
Along with a snap of some summery salads, Nikolai finished off the post with an image of him appearing to put up a tennis net with his little sister.
Later this year, Count Nikolai is planning to move to Australia – where his aunt Princess Mary grew up – to attend university.
The Palace announced that the Count will study at University of Technology Sydney for a semester – after losing his status as a Prince in January.
Pictured: Count Nikolai shared a photo of him opening the shutters at the historic Chateau with his 62,000 Instagram followers
He also posted an image of two women – who appear to be his half-sister Countess Athena and step-mother Princess Marie of Denmark – overlooking the estate
The carousel also included this photo of Nikolai and his younger sister Countess Athena putting up a tennis net
The carousel of Instagram pictures also included an image o a young boy – which could have been his younger half-sibling Count Henrik – enjoying a boat trip
Pictured: Nikolai and his younger half-sister Athena enjoying a swim in a lake during their family getaway
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 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.
The news of the royal’s arrival in Australia was confirmed to Danish publication B.T. by press advisor Helle von Wildenrath Løvgreen.
Princess Mary’s nephew Count Nikolai of Denmark is moving to Australia. Handsome model Nikolai, 23, will study at UTS for a semester alongside his glamorous designer girlfriend, Benedikte Thoustrup (pictured)
It was a tumultuous year for the Danish Royal Family after the monarch controversial took the title from Prince Joachim’s eldest son, as well as taking the prince and princess titles from his younger children Athena, 11, Prince Felix, 20, and Prince Henrik, 13 (all pictured)
Following his grandmother’s move to strip him and his siblings of their titles ‘for their own good’, Nikolai said that he was sad, shocked and confused
B.T. reports the pair are currently looking for a Sydney apartment to live in and both have studied at the Copenhagen Business School and in Paris on exchange.
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.
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.
‘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.