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ICYMI: New photos released to mark Princess Athena of Denmark’s birthday

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Princess Athena of Denmark celebrated her eighth birthday on 24 January, and to mark the day, the Royal Danish House, released three photos, taken by Athena’s mother, Princess Marie.

One of the three photos features Athena with her family dog, Cerise.

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The Royal House did not reveal if the pictures were taken in Denmark or in Paris, France, where the family currently resides.

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Princess Athena is the only daughter and fourth child of Prince Joachim of Denmark and his wife, Princess Marie. She has two older half-brothers, Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix through her father’s first marriage to Countess Alexandra. She has one older brother, Prince Henrik, from her father’s marriage to her mother.

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.

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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.

The young royal started school in August 2017 and appeared with her parents before the press outside their home. The monarchy later released an image of Athena outside her school with her father, Prince Joachim. She attended St Joseph’s Sisters School in Odrup, near the family home, where her older brother, Prince Henrik also attended until this past autumn when the family relocated to Paris, France, temporarily.

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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.