A closer look at Princess Mary's brother-in-law, Prince Joachim of Denmark

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The Danish royal family has suffered a major scare this week with the Queen's youngest son, Prince Joachim, undergoing emergency surgery for a blood clot.

Joachim, 51, was operated on by doctors at the Toulouse University Hospital in southern France, after being diagnosed with a blood clot to his brain.

In an update issued by the Danish Royal Household earlier this week, it was confirmed Prince Joachim was "expected to be moved from the intensive care unit soon".

Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and Prince Joachim at Copenhagen Airport to meet the Dutch royals on March 17, 2015. (Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)

"After the recent days of hospitalisation and treatment in the intensive care unit, it is now the doctors' assessment that Prince Joachim will not have physical or other consequences but as a result of the blood clot," the palace said.

The health scare has forced Joachim to put his "dream job" on hold indefinitely, a role Prince Joachim has been in preparation for since his childhood.

Prince Joachim's early years

Prince Joachim is the youngest son of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Prince Henrik.

He grew up with his brother, Crown Prince Frederik inside Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen.

Prince Joachim is sixth-in-line to the Danish throne after his brother and his nieces and nephews, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine.

He is the brother-in-law of Australian-born Crown Princess Mary.

Crown Princess Mary, Crown Prince Frederik, Queen Margrethe II, Prince Henrik, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie, in April 2016. (Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)

Like many Danish royals before him, Prince Joachim went to school at the prestigious Krebs' Skole in Copenhagen, where his two sons Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix later attended.

He then moved to Normandy, in France, where he spent his teenage years at boarding school.

His Australian connection

After his graduation, Prince Joachim…
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