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Prince Christian
Prince of Denmark

Count of Monpezat

Full name
Christian Valdemar Henri John
Born 15 October 2005 (age 15)
Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
House Glücksburg
Father Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark
Mother Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark
Religion Lutheran
Danish Royal Family
Coat of Arms of the Royal Family of Denmark

HM The Queen


HRH Princess Benedikte
HM The Queen of the Hellenes

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Prince Christian of Denmark, Count of Monpezat (Christian Valdemar Henri John; born 15 October 2005) as the eldest child and elder son of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark and his Australian-born wife, Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark.

As of June 2021, Prince Christian is second in line to succeed the Danish throne after his father.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Prince Christian was born at 1:57 am in Rigshospitalet, the Copenhagen University Hospital, in Copenhagen on Saturday, 15 October 2005. At noon on the day of his birth 21-gun salutes were fired from the Sixtus Battery at Holmen in Copenhagen and at Kronborg Castle to mark the birth of a royal child. At the same time, public buses and official buildings flew the Danish flag, the Dannebrog. At sunset on the same day beacon bonfires were lit all over Denmark, while Naval Home Guard vessels lit their searchlights and directed them towards the capital. Bonfires were also lit in celebration in Australia.

Prince Christian has three siblings: Isabella (born 2007) and twins Vincent and Josephine (born 2011).

Prince Christian was hospitalized briefly on 21 October 2005 because he suffered from neonatal jaundice, a usually harmless illness and a fairly common one (especially in premature births). The first photographs of the then 3-day-old boy showed a yellow tinge to his face and hands. The prince was examined by doctors and underwent blood tests, then spent time in a light box under special colored light rays to break down the bilirubin substance which causes jaundice. His parents took him home again the same day and he made a full recovery.

Prince Christian was christened on 21 January 2006 in Christiansborg Palace Chapel by Bishop Erik Norman Svendsen.[1] Christian has eight godparents. They are Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway, Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway, Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, Prince Joachim of Denmark, Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece, Jane Stephens and two friends of the couple, Jeppe Handwerk and Hamish Campbell.[2] He was named Christian Valdemar Henri John, continuing the Danish royal tradition of alternating between the names Christian and Frederik in direct line. He received a number of presents on the occasion of his christening, including a pony called Flikflak from the Folketing, Denmark's national parliament.[3]

In 2006 Scandinavian Airlines System was in the process of purchasing new A319 aircraft; and in Christian's honor the first of these, delivered on 8 August 2006, was named Christian Valdemar Viking.

Education[edit | edit source]

Christian was the first member of the Danish royal family to attend nursery school. At the same age, the Crown Prince had a nanny at the palace. He is also the first member of the royal family to attend a public state school.[4] The Danish court announced in October 2019 that Christian and his three younger siblings would undertake a 12-week school stay at Lemania-Verbier International School in Verbier, Switzerland in the beginning of 2020.[5] The stay was cut short and the siblings returned home in March due to the intensification of the COVID-19 situation in Denmark.[6] In April 2021, it was announced that Christian would undertake his secondary education at the Danish boarding school Herlufsholm, starting in August 2021.[7]

Christian attended the opening of the new elephant house at the Copenhagen Zoo with his grandfather, Prince Henrik. Christian was the one who opened the elephant house by pressing a button on an interactive console. The elephants were a gift from the King and Queen of Thailand to the Queen and Prince Consort of Denmark on their last visit to Thailand.[8][9] He and his siblings accompanied their parents on an official visit to Greenland on 1–8 August 2014, where Christian partook in several official engagements. Likewise, he accompanied his parents on most of their engagements during the family's official visit to the Faroe Islands on 23–26 August 2018.

Christian was confirmed on 15 May 2021 in the Royal Chapel of Fredensborg Palace.[10]

Succession and the constitution[edit | edit source]

Christian is second in line to the Danish throne (his father, Crown Prince Frederik, being first). Since the 16th century, first-born sons of Danish monarchs have traditionally been alternately named Frederik and Christian.[11] On 11 September 2006, Per Stig Møller, Denmark's Minister for Foreign Affairs, formally wrote and signed a hand-written document naming Prince Christian as heir to the Danish throne in the line of succession. The prince's full name, his dates of birth and christening, and the names of his godparents were recorded as dictated by the Royal Law of 1799.[12][13]

Titles, styles, honors and arms[edit | edit source]

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Title[edit | edit source]

  • 15 October 2005 – 29 April 2008: His Royal Highness Prince Christian of Denmark
  • 29 April 2008 – present: His Royal Highness Prince Christian of Denmark, Count of Monpezat

His official title in Danish is Hans Kongelige Højhed Prins Christian til Danmark, Greve af Monpezat

Honours[edit | edit source]

  • 11 June 2009: Commemorative 75th Birthday Medal of His Royal Highness The Prince Consort
  • 16 April 2010: Commemorative 70th Birthday Medal of Her Majesty The Queen
  • 14 January 2012: Commemorative Ruby Jubilee Medal of Her Majesty The Queen

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