Prince apologises for Danish bridge drama

Crown Prince Frederik crossed the 1.6km Great Belt bridge without permission

The prince crossed the 1.6-kilometre Great Belt suspension bridge without police permission. The bridge was closed due to adverse weather conditions. Photograph: Getty Images

The prince crossed the 1.6-kilometre Great Belt suspension bridge without police permission. The bridge was closed due to adverse weather conditions. Photograph: Getty Images

 

Denmark’s crown prince has apologised for ignoring police warnings and crossing the country’s longest suspension bridge during a bad storm.

Crown Prince Frederik’s car crossed the 1.6-kilometre Great Belt suspension bridge on Sunday without permission, Danish police inspector Sten Noerskov said.

The bridge was closed at the time because of strong winds and other cars were at a toll barrier waiting for it to reopen.

Mr Noerskov said that police allowed the crown prince’s car through the barrier for security reasons but did not give him permission to cross the bridge because “it was too dangerous”. He did so anyway.

Danish broadcaster DR said the Royal House apologised for the incident, saying the crown prince “regrets it happened”.

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