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Headscarves officially banned from Danish military

Soren Gade, the Defense Minister of Denmark, has informed Parliament that Muslim women working in the Danish armed forces will not be allowed to wear their traditional headscarves anymore while on duty. The recent debate has threatened to boil over into a social bias issue, but the military is standing firm that their uniform is distinct and necessary for a purpose.

The response from the Defense Minister comes after a week of debate over a female Home Guard solider, Maria Mawla, who was given permission to wear her headscarf under her helmet while in uniform. The Danish People’s Party, however, reacted strongly to this in a Parliament session and demanded the Home Guard either enforce the uniform code or tell Ms Mawla to find another job.

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Denmark’s newest prince christened Henrik

The name of Denmark’s newest prince was revealed as Henrik during his christening ceremony on Sunday, ending a long wait for royal family watchers.

The baby, almost three months old, was baptised “Henrik Carl Joachim Alain” in a church in the village of Moegeltoender, where his parents were married.  The prince, seventh in line to the Danish throne, was born on May 4 and is the third son of Prince Joachim, 40, who is the son of Denmark’s Queen Margrethe.

The youngster’s mother Princess Marie, 33, is French-born but took Danish nationality when she wed Joachim.  The young Henrik takes his name from his grandfather French-born Prince Henrik, who is Queen Margrethe’s husband.  Joachim is the second son of Margrethe and Henrik.

In April 2005, Joachim divorced Princess Alexandra, originally from Hong Kong, after around 10 years of marriage.  The couple had two sons, nine-year-old Nikolai and seven-year-old Felix.  Joachim has a residence in Moegeltoender, a small village in southwest Denmark close to the German border.

Danish media also made mention on Sunday of the confusion caused by a German magazine dedicated to royalty, called Freizeit Royal.  The publication believed it had come across a major scoop with the revelation the prince would be called “Farvel”.  This was the word Princess Marie uttered as she left the maternity unit, and the magazine was convinced this was the new prince’s name.

But just one minor problem: “Farvel” means “goodbye” in Danish.

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