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Princess Athena of Denmark turns five

Her Highness Princess Athena of Denmark is celebrating her fifth birthday today in Denmark. She is the only daughter and youngest child of Prince Joachim and Princess Marie.

H.R.H. Princess Marie. © Kongehuset

The Royal Danish House released three new images in celebration of her birthday. They were taken by her mother, Princess Marie.

H.R.H. Princess Marie. © Kongehuset

Athena, who is tenth in line to the Danish throne, was born on 24 January 2012, in the Rigshospitalet (Copenhagen University Hospital in English) in Copenhagen, Denmark. She has two older half-brothers, Prince Nikolai (b. 1999) and Prince Felix (b. 2002) from her father’s first marriage to the now Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg. She has an older brother, Prince Henrik (b. 2009) from her father’s second marriage to her mother, Princess Marie.

H.R.H. Princess Marie. © Kongehuset

After her birth, her father spoke to the press and when questioned about her name, he joked to them that it could be any name ranging from Jo to Scheherazade. The Princess slept the entire time her parents were meeting the media while leaving the hospital after her birth.

Abiding by Danish tradition, her name was not announced until her christening on 20 May 2012 at Møgeltønder Church. This is the same church where her older brothers were also christened. There it was announced that the baby Princess would be called Athena Marguerite Françoise Marie. Her middle names honour both her maternal and paternal grandmothers and her mother.

Prince Joachim and Princess Marie meet the press before leaving the hospital after Athena’s birth. Photo: Leif Jorgensen (CC BY-SA 3.0) via Wikimedia Commons

Her godparents are Gregory Grandet, her maternal uncle; Edouard Cavallier, her maternal uncle; Julie Mirabaud, Diego de Lavandeyra, Henriette Steenstrup, friends of her parents; and Prince Gustav Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, paternal cousin.

She, along with her three older brothers, travelled with Prince Joachim and Princess Marie to Rio de Janiero, Brazil, for the 2016 Olympic Games. Her uncle and aunt, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary were also in the South American country for the games. While there, she was in attendance when the Danish royals opened the temporary Danish pavilion on the popular Ipanema Beach.

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