Prince Frederik of Denmark has made a surprise trip overseas to visit his younger brother, Prince Joachim, who is recovering from emergency brain surgery.
The future king was photographed enjoying breakfast with his sibling at the royal family’s castle, Château de Cayx, situated in the wine district of Cahors in southern France.
The snap was uploaded to the Danish royal family’s official Instagram account on Wednesday along with an update on 51-year-old Joachim’s health.
“HRH The Crown Prince returned home from France yesterday, where he has visited his brother, H.K.H. Prince Joachim, H.K.H. Princess Marie and the couple's two children at the Château de Cayx,” the caption read.
“Prince Joachim is still recovering well, but still needs peace around him.”
Prince undergoes brain surgery
Joachim was rushed to Toulouse University Hospital in France on July 25, where he was immediately operated on for a blood clot in the brain.
In a statement released at the time, the Danish royals said the prince was in a ‘stable’ condition and his wife, Princess Marie, is said to be by her husband's side.
“His Royal Highness Prince Joachim was admitted to the University Hospital of Toulouse, France, late last night,” the statement read.
“The prince was operated on immediately afterwards for a blood clot in the brain and the operation was successful. The condition of His Royal Highness is stable today."
On August 4, the palace shared an update on Joachim’s progress, saying that doctors were happy to release him from hospital so he could return home to Château de Cayx to convalesce.
Prince Joachim is the younger brother of Princess Mary’s husband, Prince Frederik, and has four children, Prince Nikolai, 20, Prince Felix, 18, Prince Henrik, 11, and Princess Athena, eight.
Just a few days before his shock health scare, he was pictured on the royal Instagram account celebrating Prince Felix’s 18th birthday with all his children, his wife, Prince Marie, and his first wife, Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg.
They were all smiles for the camera as they relaxed in their summer residence, Chateau de Cayx, in France.
Additional reporting by Sarah Carty.