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Four new official images mark Prince Christian’s 15th birthday

The Danish Royal House has released four new official images to mark Prince Christian’s 15th birthday. The photos were taken by Franne Voigt who has taken many images of the family over the years.

The Prince bears a striking resemblance to his father, Crown Prince Frederik, in the portraits shared; however, his smile is very much like his mother, Crown Princess Mary.

Prince Christian, who is second in line to the Danish throne, will one day be the King of Denmark. He was born as Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John on 15 October 2005 as the first child of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. He was born at Rigshospitalet at 1.57 am. He has three younger siblings: Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine.

His given name Christian also follows tradition as Danish kings have had their names alternate between Frederik and Christian throughout the years. His middle name Henri is the French version and original name of his paternal grandfather, the now late Prince Henrik; additionally, it is the male form of his late maternal grandmother’s name (Henrietta Donaldson died when Crown Princess Mary was 25). The name John comes from his maternal grandfather.

Prince Christian was due to have his confirmation into the Church of Denmark this year; however, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused this to be postponed. It is expected to eventually take place at Chapel of Fredensborg Palace where his father and paternal grandmother, Queen Margrethe were each confirmed.

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