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Grandchildren of monarchs: Queen Margrethe


In this series, Royal Central is taking a look at the grandchildren of monarchs around the world. In this instalment, we’re heading to Denmark to introduce the eight grandchildren of Queen Margrethe II.

Children of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary

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Prince Christian

Christian Valdemar Henri John was born on 15 October 2005, the oldest child of the Crown Prince Couple and is second in line to the Danish throne. As the Danish Royal Family had, for centuries, alternated the names of their kings between Frederick and Christian, at his birth, it was known that his first name would be Christian—his siblings’ and cousins’ names were kept mysteries until their respective christenings.

Prince Christian carries out rare royal engagements but usually joins his family on summer tours. He became the first member of the Danish Royal Family to, unfortunately, test positive for COVID-19. His diagnosis was revealed in December 2020, and he made a complete recovery.

Princess Isabella

Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe, the first daughter of the Crown Prince Couple, was born on 21 April 2007. She is the first Danish princess who was not displaced by the birth of a brother and is currently third in line to the throne. Like her older brother, Princess Isabella attends public school and carries out the rare royal engagement with her parents.

Prince Vincent

Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander was born on 8 January 2011, the youngest son of the Crown Prince Couple. He and his twin sister, Princess Josephine, were delivered in Copenhagen, and their father joked that he might be named Prince Elvis as they share a birthday with Elvis Presley.

Prince Vincent is fourth in line to the throne, the first brother who didn’t displace an older sister in the line of succession. Like his siblings, he attends public school and carries out rare royal engagements with his family.

Princess Josephine

Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda was born on 8 January 2011, the youngest child of the Crown Prince Couple. On one of her first royal engagements, during a visit to Greenland, she helped plant a tree in the poplar grove Ivalos og Miniks Poppellund, named after her and her twin brother (like all of the Crown Prince Couple’s children, they have Greenlandic middle names).

Princess Josephine is fifth in line to the throne and attends public school, carrying out only rare royal engagements with her family.

Children of Prince Joachim and Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg

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Prince Nikolai

Nikolai William Alexander Frederik, the oldest grandchild of Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik, was born on 28 August 1999 to Prince Joachim and his first wife, Alexandra.

Prince Nikolai has never been expected to carry out official royal duties, and as such, as worked as a fashion model—walking the runway for Burberry and other fashion houses—and spent a brief stint at the Royal Danish Army’s Sergeant School before dropping out as he didn’t feel a military career was right for him. He currently attends the Copenhagen Business School.

Prince Felix

Felix Henrik Valdemar Christian was born on 22 July 2022, the younger child of Prince Joachim and Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg. Like his older brother, he does not carry out official royal duties, and instead will be attending the Royal Danish Army’s Sergeant School beginning this summer in Varde.

Children of Prince Joachim and Princess Marie

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Prince Henrik

Henrik Carl Joachim Alain was born on 4 May 2009, the first child of Prince Joachim and Princess Marie. He currently lives with his parents in Paris, where his father works as a Defense Attaché.

Princess Athena

Athena Marguerite Françoise Marie was born on 24 January 2012, the youngest grandchild of Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik. She currently lives with her parents in Paris, where her father works as a Defense Attaché.

About author

Jess is the Senior Royal Reporter and Editorial Assistant at Royal Central. Her interest in royalty started in her teenage years, coinciding with The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002 and grew from there. She specializes in the British Royal Family (with emphasis on the Cambridges) and the Danish Royal Family, and has provided royal commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the UK and Australia.