Monday, October 15, 2012

Royal Profile: HRH Prince Christian of Denmark

Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John of Denmark, Count of Monpezat was born 15 October 2005, the eldest child of Crown Prince Fredrick & Crown Princess Mary, and the grandson of Queen Margarethe II. He has three younger siblings, Princess Isabella, and fraternal twins Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent. His is second in line for the Danish throne after his father. His godparents were:
He was named: 
  • Christian is after his great-great-grandfather, Christian X of Denmark, continuing the Danish royal tradition of the heir apparent being named either Christian or Frederick.
  • Valdemar is after Valdemar IV of Denmark. It is also a common royal name. The Prince's uncle Joachim has Waldemar as one of his names. The Prince's cousin Felix, Joachim's second son, has Valdemar as one of his names.
  • Henri is after his paternal grandfather, Prince Henrik, whose given name is Henri.
  • John is after his maternal grandfather, John Donaldson.
On 27 March 2007 Prince Christian started nursery school at Queen Louise's Children's House. Shortly prior to the birth of his youngest siblings, he began attending Garrison Parish Ward Kindergarten. In August 2011, he began his formal schooling at Trane Overgaard School. He may not be a Danish king yet, but he's already made Danish Royal history by being the 1st Danish heir apparent to attend nursery school AND the first Danish Royal to attend a state school. His elder cousins attend The Krebs School.

Although his mother claims that he does not know that he one day will be the Danish King, he has performed several royal duties. In 2006, he participated in his first official royal duty when he attended the opening of the new elephant house at the Copenhagen Zoo with his grandfather. In June 2010, he was a page boy at the wedding  of his godmother, Crown Princess Victoria. In November 2010, he accompanied his mother and grandfather to the unveiling of a painting of Prince Ulrik of Denmark at Rosenborg Castle.On 11 January 2012, he, along his grandmother, revealed a painting of his father, his grandmother and himself.

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