Denmark’s Princess Mary and Prince Frederik at a gala for the President of Iceland in January.
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It’s hard to imagine a royal family member suffering the same kind of humiliating faux pas those of us who are not crowned royalty suffer on a regular basis. Getting to the cashier only to realize that you’ve left your wallet in the car? Spending an entire day at work before realizing that your shirt is on inside out? Forgetting the name of that annoying woman you’ve met maybe 10 times? Presumably, each royal family member is constantly flanked by enough buffers and bodyguards to prevent these embarrassing mishaps. But even with a security entourage in place, Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik found himself in the midst of an embarrassing gaffe on Friday evening.
Frederik was in Australia for the yachting regatta when he decided that he wanted to get a drink, like any normal person—royal or not!—would want to do on a Friday evening might. He approached the Jade Buddha, a lovely-sounding lounge bar in Brisbane that features river views, an Asian fusion menu, and 4/5 stars on Google Reviews. But there was a problem: Frederik did not have his I.D. (Do any royal family members carry I.D.s?!)
It wasn’t an issue of age—Frederik is a 49-year-old year man with a handsome head of salt-and-pepper hair. Rather, the operators of the bar were abiding by a new state law that requires identification be scanned upon entry into certain bars after 10 p.m.
To his credit, Frederik did not shriek, “Do you know who I am?!”
Instead, his undercover officers did politely ask the bar staffers if they recognized Frederik.
“No, not really,” the staffers replied sheepishly, according to the New York Times. “No offense, your honor.”
The M.V.P. of this story may be Phil Hogan, co-owner of the bar, who has since made the talk-show rounds to blame the embarrassing mishap on the “ridiculous law,” share security-camera footage of the event, and reveal how his embarrassed staff members handled the situation: by doing a cursory Internet search to determine that the man before him was indeed Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark; calling the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation to gain permission for entry; and eventually “probably bending the rules” to allow him in. . . between 15 and 50 minutes later according to varying reports.
While this whole debacle might have been enough to convince us to just go home and have a drink, Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, seems like a cool guy. He reportedly breezed past the servers fumbling over themselves to apologize for the inconvenience, marched up to the bar, and ordered his own drink.
“He bought a dark and stormy,” Hogan revealed. “So to give him credit, he seems like a very nice fellow.”
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