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The godparents of Europe’s heirs

© Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue

As Prince Charles of Luxembourg is christened today, we’re looking at the godparents of Europe’s heirs.

The Prince of Wales

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Prince Charles was born on 14 November 1948 and christened on 15 December of that year.

His godparents were King George VI (his maternal grandfather), Queen Mary (his maternal great-grandmother), Princess Margaret (his maternal aunt), The Dowager Marchioness of Milford Haven (his paternal great-grandmother), King Haakon VII of Norway (his cousin), and Prince George of Greece and Denmark (his paternal great-uncle).

King Haakon VII and Prince George of Greece and Denmark were both unable to attend the christening and were instead represented by The Earl of Athlone and The Duke of Edinburgh.

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark

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Crown Prince Frederik was born on 26 May 1968 and was christened 24 June of that year.

His godparents are Count Etienne de Laborde de Monpezat (his paternal uncle), Queen Anne-Marie of Greece (his maternal aunt), Prince Georg of Denmark (his maternal cousin), Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte of Luxembourg (a maternal relative), Baron Christian de Watteville-Berckheim, and Birgitta Juel Hillingsø (a friend and classmate of Queen Margrethe’s at N Zahle’s School).

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

Crown Prince Haakon was born on 20 July 1973 and was christened 20 September later that year.

His godparents are King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (his paternal cousin), Queen Margrethe of Denmark (his paternal cousin), King Olav V of Norway (his paternal grandfather), Princess Astrid, Mrs Ferner (his paternal great-aunt), Prince Carl Bernadotte (his paternal cousin), and The Princess Royal (his paternal cousin).

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

Crown Princess Victoria was born on 14 July 1977 and was christened on 27 September of that year.

Her godparents are King Harald of Norway (her paternal cousin), Ralf Sommerlath (her maternal uncle), Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, and Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld (her paternal aunt).

The Duchess of Brabant

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Princess Elisabeth of Belgium was born on 25 October 200,1 and she was christened on 9 December of that year.

Her godparents are Archduke Amedeo of Austria-Este (her paternal cousin) and Countess Hélène d’Udekem d’Acoz (her maternal aunt).

The Princess of Asturias

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Princess Leonor of Spain was born on 31 October 2005, and she was christened on 14 January 2006.

Her godparents are her maternal grandparents, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía.

The Princess of Orange

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Dutch Princess Catharina-Amalia was born on 7 December 2003, and she was christened on 12 June 2005.

Her godparents are Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Prince Constantijn, Herman Tjeenk Willink (the then-vice president of the Council of State of the Netherlands), Samantha Deane (a friend of Queen Máxima), Martín Zorreguieta (her paternal uncle), and Marc ter Haar (a friend of King Willem-Alexander).

The Hereditary Prince of Monaco

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Prince Jacques was born on 10 December 2014 two minutes after twin sister, Princess Gabriella. The twins were christened on 10 May 2015.

Prince Jacques’s godparents are Christopher Le Vine Jr (his paternal cousin) and Diane de Polignac Nigra.

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.