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New pictures celebrate Prince Christian’s 14th birthday

It might be some time before he sits on the throne, but the future King of Denmark is celebrating his 14th birthday today with new photos released for the occasion.

Taken by his mother, Crown Princess Mary, the photos show the Prince playing tennis.

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Photo by Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
Photo by Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

Two more photos, shared on the official Danish royal Instagram, show the future king with his family’s pet dog. These images were also taken by Crown Princess Mary.

Photo by Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
Photo by Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

Christian is the eldest of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary’s four children; his three younger siblings are Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent, and Princess Josephine.

He was born at 1:57 am in Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, and his birth was celebrated with 21-gun salutes later that day.

His name was not announced until his christening on 21 January 2006, per Danish royal tradition. As expected, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess kept with tradition and named their son Christian. Danish royal tradition has future kings alternately named Frederik and Christian.

Christian, second in line to the throne, counts the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway, Crown Princess of Sweden, Crown Prince of Greece, and his uncle, Prince Joachim as royal godparents. Two friends of his parents were also selected as godparents: Jeppe Handwerk and Hamish Campbell.

Beginning in 2020, all four children will attend a 12-week stay at the Lemania-Verbier International School in Switzerland. Crown Princess Mary will accompany her children, and the Crown Prince will be with the family when his schedule allows.

At the completion of the 12-week programme, the children will return to their current classes at Tranegårdsskolen in Gentofte. Tranegårdsskolen is a public state school, and Christian was the first member of the Danish Royal Family to attend nursery school and a public state school.

The Crown Prince Couple want “to give their children a common experience in an international environment,” according to the Royal House.

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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.