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Princess Mary of Denmark's children heading to Switzerland for school

Prince Christian, Princess Isabella and twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine are preparing for the move

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There's a big change happening in the Danish royal family. Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark's four children are set to attend school in Switzerland from the beginning of next year. The Danish Court released a statement on Thursday, confirming that Prince Christian, 13, Princess Isabella, 12, and eight-year-old twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine will spend 12 weeks at Lemania-Verbier International School.

The statement also noted: "When the school stay is complete, all four children will continue their schooling in their current classes at Tranegårdsskolen in Gentofte. The Crown Princess will primarily stay with the children in Switzerland during the period, and the Crown Prince will be with the family when there are opportunities in his schedule. As a result of the children's schooling, the Crown Princess's official activities in Denmark will be reduced." The statement concluded: "With the school stay, the Crown Prince couple hope to give their children experience in an international environment."

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The four children will be educated in Switzerland next year

The royal children are no strangers to their neighbouring European country. Almost every winter, Frederik and Mary take their brood to Verbier to ski, where they occasionally stay in their good friend Peter Warnøes's chalet.

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Their decision to educate their children abroad may not come as a total surprise. Switzerland is a multilingual country where German, French, Italian and Romanesque are spoken, meaning the royals will likely improve their foreign language skills. Their dad Prince Frederik and uncle Prince Joachim spent a couple of years studying abroad as teenagers. The brothers attended the École des Roches in France in the early eighties.

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Frederik and Mary with their twins, Josephine and Vincent

Joachim, meanwhile, recently relocated to Paris with his French-born wife Princess Marie and their two children, Prince Henrik, ten, and Princess Athena, seven. Joachim was invited to take part in a military training course at École Militaire in Paris and the royals are expected to live there until summer 2020.

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With Joachim being a member of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, which he often makes trips to Paris for, and Princess Marie being Patron of the Danish Student House in Paris, the royals will surely make themselves at home in France.

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