Today, Prince Christian of Denmark becomes a teenager. The future King of Denmark celebrates his 13th birthday today in Copenhagen.
As is tradition, the Danish Royal House has released a celebratory birthday image to the media and public. They were taken by Franne Voigt.
The young royal is pictured in a blue suit with his smile showing off his clear braces.
The Danish Royal House also posted a separate private image on their official Instagram account that one of his seventh-grade classmates took.
Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John was born as the first child of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark on 15 October 2005 at 1:57 am in Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet. Later that day at noon, 21-gun salutes were fired in celebration from the Sixtus Battery at Holmen in the Danish capital, as well as Kronborg Castle in Helsingør.
Keeping with Danish royal tradition, the new prince’s names were not revealed until his christening a few months later. The future monarch was christened on 21 January 2006 in Christiansborg Palace Chapel by Bishop Erik Norman Svendsen, and his proud parents revealed his names. Frederik and Mary also kept up with tradition by naming him, Christian as his father’s name was Frederik. The Danish Royal House has a tradition of alternating between Frederik and Christian for the names of their future kings.
Christian’s godparents are Prince Joachim of Denmark (paternal uncle), Jane Stephens (maternal aunt), Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece (his father’s first cousin), Jeppe Handwerk and Hamish Campbell (friends of his parents).
His Royal Highness would go on to become the first member of the Danish Royal Family to attend nursery school and a public state school. Christian currently attends Tranegårdskolen with his three younger siblings: Princess Isabella (11), Prince Vincent (7), and Princess Josephine (7).