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Denmark

New photos revealed of Danish twins as they mark 11th birthday


The Danish Royal House has revealed new photos of Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine – the youngest children of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary – as they mark their 11th birthday today.

The pictures were released of the Prince and Princess separately and together and were taken by their mother, Crown Princess Mary.

The royal twins will celebrate their birthday privately with their family today.

Their birthday celebrations come just a week before their grandmother, Queen Margrethe marks 50 years on the Danish throne. Their mother, Crown Princess Mary, will celebrate her 50th birthday with festivities, if the global health crisis allows, in early February.

Vincent and Josephine attend Tranegårdsskolen in Gentofte with their older sister, Princess Isabella (14); however, they are currently undertaking courses online as Denmark has seen a new wave of COVID infections, and the Danish government put a pause on in-person learning. They began their schooling in August of 2017. Their oldest sibling, 16-year-old Prince Christian, attends the Danish boarding school Herlufsholm.

The family lives in Frederik VIII’s Palace at Amalienborg in the Danish capital of Copenhagen.

Prince Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander is fourth in line to the Danish throne, while Princess Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda is fifth. Vincent was born 26 minutes before his sister in Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet on 8 January 2011. As per Danish royal tradition, the twins’ names were not revealed until their christening on 14 April 2011.

Vincent’s godparents are John Donaldson, his maternal uncle; King Felipe of Spain; Count Michael Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille; Baroness Helle Reedtz-Thott; Caroline Heering; and Gustav, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, his father’s first cousin.

Josephine’s godparents are Patricia Bailey, her maternal aunt; Princess Marie, her paternal aunt by marriage; Count Bendt Wedell; Birgitte Handwerk;  Prince Carlo, Duke of Castro; and Josephine Rechner, a close friend of her mother’s.

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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.