|Prince of Denmark|
Count of Monpezaz
|Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander|
|Born||8 January 2011 (age 10) |
Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
|Father||Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark|
|Mother||Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark|
Prince Vincent of Denmark, Count of Monpezat (Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander; born 8 January 2011), is a member of the Danish Royal Family. He is the third child and youngest son of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary. He is also the sixth grandchild and youngest grandson of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and her late husband, Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark. He is the fraternal twin of Princess Josephine of Denmark.
Birth[edit | edit source]
The Prince was born at Rigshospitalet, the Copenhagen University Hospital, in Copenhagen, at 10:30 am local time, 26 minutes before his twin sister. At birth, he weighed 2.67 kg (5.8 lb) and measured 47 cm (18.5 ins). He was healthy with an apgar score of 10 (out of 10) after 1 minute. Shortly after the birth, while speaking to the press, the Crown Prince joked about calling his newborn son Elvis, as the twins share a birthday with the "King of Rock and Roll".
At noon on 8 January, a 21-gun salute was fired from the Sixtus Battery at Holmen Naval Base in Copenhagen and from Kronborg Castle in North Zealand to mark the arrival of a royal child.
In 2009, the Danish constitution was altered, granting absolute primogeniture to the Danish throne, meaning that the eldest child, regardless of gender, takes precedence in the line of succession. Under the old system of male-preference primogeniture, Vincent would have displaced his elder sister Isabella in the line of succession; with the new law, he comes directly after her instead. As a descendant of Queen Victoria, the Prince is also in the line of succession to the throne of each of the sixteen Commonwealth Realm, where he does take precedence over Isabella, because those realms followed the custom of male-preference primogeniture at the time of his birth; the subsequent change to absolute primogeniture in the Commonwealth line of succession only affected those in line born after 28 October 2011.
Christening[edit | edit source]
Vincent and his sister were christened on 14 April 2011, at the chapel of the Church of Holmen. His name was announced as Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander. His godparents are his maternal uncle, John Stuart Donaldson, Felipe, Prince of Asturias, Gustav, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Count Michael Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille, Baroness Helle Reedtz-Thott and Caroline Heering.
He was named:
- Vincent, a popular French name in acknowledgement of his grandfather's French roots, meaning "conquering"
- Frederik, after his father and following the custom that Danish princes tend to have either Frederik or Christian among their given names
- Minik, a popular Greenlandic name in use for both genders meaning "viscid train oil which is being used as sealing for skin boats."
- Alexander, a popular name in Denmark, originally a Latin name derived from the Greek Alexandros, meaning "defender of men" It is also a popular name among the crown princess' family.
Education[edit | edit source]
On 15 August 2017, Vincent and his twin sister started school at Tranegårdsskolen in Gentofte – the same public school as their elder siblings.
On 6 January 2020, Prince Vincent along with his siblings began their 12-week study program at Lemania-Verbier International School in Banges, Switzerland. The study abroad opportunity was announced in late 2019 by the Danish Royal Court, who said that Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary wanted to give their children “a common experience in an international environment.”
Titles, styles and honors[edit | edit source]
Titles and styles[edit | edit source]
- 8 January 2011 – present: His Royal Highness Prince Vincent of Denmark, Count of Monpezat
His official title in Danish is Hans Kongelige Højhed Prins Vincent til Danmark, Greve af Monpezat
References[edit | edit source]
- Kronprinsesse Mary har født. TV 2 Nyhederne
- A Prince and a Princess are born. The Royal Court
- Kronprinsen: Vi kan kalde ham Elvis. Berlingske
- Barnedåb i Holmens Kirke den 14. april 2011. The Royal Court
- D.K.H. Prins Vincent og Prinsesse Josephine og H.H. Prinsesse Athena starter i skole i august 2017. The Royal Court
- Danish Crown Prince Children begin study abroad period in Switzerland. Royal Central