Friday, March 17, 2023

Prince Joachim will have a new job in US

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Prince Joachim of Denmark's move to Washington, D.C., has been confirmed by the Danish Royal House, after several months of speculation.

"On 1 September 2023, His Royal Highness Prince Joachim begins a new position under the Ministry of Defence as defence industry attaché at the Embassy of Denmark in Washington, D.C., where The Prince, as Denmark’s representative, will take part in strengthening the defence industrial cooperation with the USA and Canada in the coming years.

Four years ago, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie, together with the couple’s two children, moved to France. The reason was that Prince Joachim began France’s highest-ranking military education course as a supplement to The Prince’s longtime engagement in The Defence. After the education concluded, both The Prince and The Princess were affiliated with the Embassy of Denmark in Paris as defence attaché and Special Cultural Representative, respectively.

Prince Joachim and the family will move to Washington, D.C. during the summer of 2023."

and from the Danish Ministry of Defense:

HRH Prince Joachim will be the new Defense Industry Attaché and Deputy Defense Attaché in Washington D.C.

As part of the prioritization of Danish-American cooperation, on 1 September 2023, Prince Joachim will take up the position of defense industry attaché at the Danish Embassy in Washington DC. The position is for three years with the possibility of an extension.

During these years, Denmark is strengthening its cooperation with the United States in the area of ​​security and defence, particularly in the area of ​​the defense industry. The USA is Denmark's most important ally and strategic partner, and the appointment of Prince Joachim is done to strengthen the collaboration with the USA.

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Prince Joachim will join the Danish Embassy in Washington DC on 1 September 2023, where he will cover the USA and Canada as an attaché. The position is for three years with the possibility of an extension.

 'The United States is our most important ally and cooperation partner. The transatlantic bond is absolutely crucial in the security policy situation we are in. It is our ambition to significantly strengthen defense industrial cooperation with the United States, and Prince Joachim will greatly contribute to this,'  says Acting Minister of Defense Troels Lund Poulsen.

As defense industry attaché, Prince Joachim will report to the Ministry of Defense and in day-to-day work to the Ambassador and the Defense Attaché in Washington D.C.

Prince Joachim has a thorough knowledge of the Armed Forces, including the completion of military leadership training, experience as a defense attached in France, and knowledge in the defense industrial field, and these are qualifications he can draw on for the position of defense industrial attaché in Washington D.C.

'I am proud that I continue to have the opportunity to represent Denmark internationally in the area of ​​security and defence. Transatlantic cooperation is a high-priority area, and I am honored that they have found me qualified for the task,' says Prince Joachim.

Prince Joachim will continue to carry out certain tasks for the Royal Household to the extent that his work as a defense industry attaché allows it."

The Prime Minister will put forward a proposal for a Parliamentary resolution on Prince Joachim's receipt of an annuity outside the kingdom, as long as he contests the position as defense industry attaché at the Danish embassy in Washington.

Military background

Prince Joachim's military training began in 1987 as a recruit in the Queen's Life Regiment. In 1988, Prince Joachim was appointed sergeant, and in 1989 he was appointed lieutenant in the reserve. After being appointed lieutenant, Prince Joachim served from 1989-90 as a platoon leader in a tank squadron at the Prince's Life Regiment.

In 1990, Prince Joachim was appointed first lieutenant of the reserve and in 1992, after completion of further training level I for officers of the reserve (VUT I), appointment as captain of the reserve followed. From 1996 to 2004, Prince Joachim was commander of a tank squadron in the mobilization force at the Prince's Life Regiment and from 2005 attached to the Danish Division's staff as a major of the reserve.

After being appointed lieutenant colonel of the reserve in 2011, Prince Joachim has been appointed head of the Liaison Officers Group in the Total Defense Region of Funen, South, and South Jutland.

In April 2015, Prince Joachim was appointed colonel of the reserve in the Army.

 On 1 November 2015, Prince Joachim took up a new position as a special expert in the Armed Forces in relation to the implementation of a new total force concept, which will strengthen the use of volunteers in the Home Guard and personnel from the reserve.

Prince Joachim completed military training at the École Militaire in France in September 2019-2020.

On 1 September 2020, Prince Joachim took up the position of defense attaché at the Danish Embassy in Paris. Prince Joachim was appointed Brigadier General in the Army."

Prince  Joachim is the second member of the Danish Royal Family to have a position at the Danish Embassy in Washington, D.C.   Queen Margrethe II's first cousin, HH Princess Elisabeth (1935-2018)  joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  She has numerous international assignments, including two postings to Washington, D.C., in the 1970s and 1980s.  The princess retired from civil service in 2001.

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 Prince Joachim and Princess Marie's two children, Count Henrik, 13, and eleven-year-old Countess Athena of Monpezat. 

The Royal Danish Embassy is located at 3200 Whitehaven St, N.W., which is across the street from Whitehaven House, the D.C. residence of former President Bill and former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Both properties back up to Dumbarton Oaks Park

There are several suitable neighborhoods where the family can live during their stay in Washington.  The two children attended French schools during their father's assignment in Paris.  The DMV has a varied selection of excellent private and international schools including the Washington International School, the British International School, and the Rochambeau the French International School, located in Bethesda, Maryland.

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