Reviewing the four young future queens of Europe made us realize that amongst all of those princesses there is a young prince who is second in line to be King that we haven’t paid much attention to yet. He is HRH Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John, Count of Monpezat. His parents are Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. He was born on October 15, 2005 and there was a lot of celebrating in the nation that day. There was a 21 gun salute, Danish flags were flown on buses, and bonfires were lit at sunset.
This delightful picture comes from his official page on the Royal Family of Denmark’s website:
As has been tradition since the 16th century, the Prince’s name was revealed on his christening day, which was on January 21, 2006. It is tradition in Denmark that heirs apparent are named either Frederik or Christian so everyone had a 50% chance of guessing correctly. The christening took place in Christiansborg Palace Chapel and his eight god parents include Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and the Crown Prince and Princess of Norway. We will talk some more about the many traditions of a Danish Royal christening in an upcoming post, but in the meantime, here is some footage from that event:
As the second in line to the throne, Prince Christian has an official monogram. So far, his three siblings and four royal cousins do not. It’s not too shabby, eh?
In March 2007, Prince Christian started nursery school. Here he is all ready to go on his first day:
Christian’s first royal engagement was at Copenhagen Zoo a year later in June 2008. The little prince joined his grandfather Prince Henrik in opening a new elephant house. Pretty cute!
If you’re in the mood for another video, this super short one gives us a nice peak of the visit:
Another day of note in his young life was when he was one of his godmother Crown Princess Victoria’s attendants at her wedding in 2010. He wore a specially made sailor suit for the occasion. Love this picture of him with his parents!
And here he is in the midst of his duties that day. Prince Christian is the shorter page boy on the right. Walking directly in front of him are two future queens. Princess Ingrid of Norway
is on the left and Princess Catherina-Amalia
of the Netherlands is on the right:
Prince Christian headed off for his first day of primary school
in Copenhagen this past August. He is the first member of the Danish Royal Family to go to a state school so that was much remarked upon in the press; his father and grandfather had both attended private schools.
And no post on Christian would be complete without including this portrait published in German Vogue. Oh yeah. That’s Prince Christian’s sister Princess Isabella in the tutu:
To end, this portrait of Queen Margrethe, Prince Frederik, and Prince Christian was recently unveiled as part of the celebrations for the Queen’s forty years on the throne. Queen Margrethe, known as “Daisy” to her family, has spoken about how she will not be abdicating for her son. She very much believes that she is Queen for life so it will hopefully be quite sometime before Prince Frederik becomes King.