Saturday, October 15, 2016

Royal Profile: Prince Christian of Denmark, Count of Monpezat

Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John of Denmark, Count of Monpezat was born on 15 October 2005 at Rigshospitalet (Copenhagen University Hospital) as the first child and eldest son of Crown Prince Fredrik & Crown Princess Mary {Source}. He is the grandson of Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark. He has three younger siblings{Source}:
  1. Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat (2007)
  2. Prince Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander of Denmark, Count of Monpezat(2011)
  3. Princess Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat (2011)
His is second in line for the Danish throne after his father. His godparents were{Source}:
  1. Prince Joachim of Denmark (paternal uncle)
  2. Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece (paternal second cousin)
  3. Jane Stephens (maternal aunt)
  4. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway
  5. Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
  6. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
  7. Jeppe Handwerk 
  8. Hamish Campbell
He was named:
  • Christian: For His great-great-grandfather, Christian X of Denmark, continuing the tradition of the Danish royal heir apparent being named either Christian or Frederick.
  • Valdemar: for Valdemar IV of Denmark. It is common to anche royal name. The Prince's uncle Joachim Waldemar has as one of His names. The Prince's cousin Felix, Joachim's second son, Valdemar has as one of his names.
  • Henri: For His paternal grandfather, Prince Henrik, Whose given name is Henri.
  • John: For His maternal grandfather, John Donaldson.

John: for his maternal grandfather, John Donaldson.On 27 March 2007 Prince Christian started nursery school at Queen Louise's Children's House{Source}. Shortly prior to the birth of his youngest siblings, he began attending Garrison Parish Ward Kindergarten{Source}. Since August 2011, he began his formal schooling at Trane Overgaard School{Source}. 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.

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 2008, 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{Video}. In June 2010, he was a page boy at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria{Photos}. On 11 January 2012, he, along his grandmother, revealed a painting of his father, grandmother and himself{Photos}. He also attended his grandmother's 40th anniversary celebrations in 2012{Photos}. He also attended several London 2012 Olympic events with his family {Photos}. Since 2007, he's been seen during the family's annual photocalls (2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015).

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