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A Bow Fit For A Prince

by Erik KORNBEK / Reproduction permission granted by FITA - www.archery.org

6/03/2010

Denmark's Crown Prince Takes Aim

 

HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark is an archer. As any archer knows, equipment has to be updated at some time, especially given the rapid development of bows, arrows, etc. over the last 2-5 years. DANAGE of Scandinavia was asked to supply what they believed would be the best possible equipment available to the Crown Prince—and received an invitation to come to the Royal Residence at Fredensborg.

 
A visit to the royal residence of Fredensborg and a meeting with H.R.H. Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, and IOC Member, is what we had to prepare for. By "we", I mean my two sons Henning and Mikael and myself. Henning and Mikael were in charge of all the equipment: a new HOYT compound bow and new EASTON arrows, bow sight and quiver, plus a lot of other equipment to ensure that the Crown Prince had the best possible conditions for his shooting. My task was fairly easy; I had received the invitation and therefore felt entitled to join the others on the trip from southern Jutland all the way to northern Zealand. OK, I also wanted the pleasure of meeting the prince in person and to see how good he was at archery. I first became acquainted with him at the Danish championships in Koge in 2002, where he officiated in presenting the medals to the winning archers. At that time, he had proved to be a good archer when he took a couple of shots himself, scoring well even though the bow was not his own and therefore the draw length was not right. But we were now going to get to know him better and needed to make sure that the equipment we took with us was exactly right. In the royal presence, we would have to make sure the bow draw length was correct, the peep was adjusted just right, the bow was tuned and the sight pins in the right position. Everything had to be just perfect.
 
   Final adjustment of sight pins
We enjoyed a pleasant trip up through Jutland, across the islands of Funen and Zealand along familiar roads, although the last few kilometres to Fredensborg were new to us, as this was our first visit there. However, and in common with most Danes, we are familiar with the castle, as this was the site of the queen's recent 70th birthday celebrations followed closely on TV. The atmosphere in the car changed as we drew nearer. Little was said, and we were a little nervous about how the encounter would go. The first stop was before the entrance to the castle—we wanted to get an idea of what we were getting into. Next stop was the gate, manned by the Royal Guard, who checked us in and then directed us to the Chancel House where the Crown Prince has his residence. We parked next to the royal vehicles and were met by the prince's private secretary followed by the prince himself.
 
We were shown into the garden where coffee, biscuits and mineral water were served and we were made to feel welcome. The equipment and tools we had brought with us, including a bow press, were unpacked and everything made ready. We were of course excited and nervous but need not have worried—everything went smoothly. The equipment was perfect, the Crown Prince was quick to learn and before we knew it, two hours had flown by in pleasant company, during which the Crown Prince demonstrated that he was a competent archer. On the way home, we counted up how many arrows had actually been loosed and reckoned that the prince shot somewhere between 80 and 100 with a bow set to 65 lbs—pretty impressive. It was obvious that the prince is in excellent physical condition and is an active sportsman, as he has demonstrated by becoming a navy frogman (an élite unit in the Danish defence forces) and taking part in the gruelling Sirius dogsled patrol across the Greenlandic ice cap. I would also like to express my respect for the way he handled the equipment, and how quickly he was able to find the range. And as an indication of how good an archer he is, his first try-out shot hit the bull's-eye.   
 
All I can say is that if the equipment was worth a king's ransom, the Crown Prince lived up to the price.
 
Erik KORNBEK
President, DANAGE of Scandinavia
 

 

 

 

 

 

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