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Gallery: Prince Christian confirmed into Church of Denmark

Prince Christian of Denmark was confirmed into the Church of Denmark in a small, private ceremony at Fredensborg Palace Church on 15 May.

The Prince, the eldest child of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, was confirmed by Royal Confessor Bishop Henrik Wigh-Poulsen at the late-morning ceremony. Besides his parents, his siblings, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent, and Princess Josephine, were in attendance. Queen Margrethe, Christian’s grandmother, attended, as did Christian’s paternal cousins, Princes Nikolai and Felix; they are the children of his uncle, Prince Joachim and his first wife, Countess Alexandra.

Crown Prince Frederik was confirmed in the same church 40 years ago.

Unfortunately, the pandemic prevented many of Prince Christian’s godparents from attending. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, Prince Joachim of Denmark (who currently resides in France) and his maternal aunt, Jane Stephens (who lives in Crown Princess Mary’s native Australia) were unable to travel for the event. Christian’s maternal grandparents and other aunts, uncles and cousins in Australia and the UK were also unable to attend.

Christian’s godfather Jeppe Handwerk resides in Denmark and was able to participate. Some of Christian’s school friends and friends of his parents were also in attendance.

Crown Princess Victoria honoured her godson on the Swedish Royal Family’s official Instagram, and the Royal Court said: “The Prince is one of the Crown Princess’ godchildren and if it had not been for the pandemic, the Crown Princess would today be in Denmark to participate in the confirmation ceremony. Instead, the Crown Princess has sent congratulations to her Danish godson, hoping that they will soon have the opportunity to meet.”

Ahead of the ceremony, family photos were taken in the Chancellory by Franne Voigt:

The Royal Court released four photos from inside the ceremony after its conclusion, also taken by Franne Voigt:

After the confirmation, official photos were taken in the Garden Hall of Fredensborg Palace by Franne Voigt:

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.