|Princess of Denmark|
Countess of Monpezat
|Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda|
|Born||8 January 2011 (age 10) |
Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
|Father||Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark|
|Mother||Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark|
Princess Josephine of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat (Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda; born 8 January 2011), is a member of the Danish Royal Family. She is the fourth and youngest child of Crown Prince Frederik and his wife, the Australian-born Crown Princess Mary, and the seventh and youngest grandchild of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and her husband, Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark. She is the fraternal twin of Prince Vincent of Denmark.
Birth[edit | edit source]
The Princess was born at Rigshospitalet, the Copenhagen University Hospital, in Copenhagen, at 10:56 am local time, 26 minutes after her twin brother. At birth, she weighed 2.55 kg (5.6 lb) and measured 46 cm (18.1 ins). She was healthy with an apgar score of 10 (out of 10) after 1 minute.
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.
Christening[edit | edit source]
Josephine and Vincent were christened on 14 April 2011, at the chapel of the Church of Holmen. The Princess's name was announced as Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda. Her godparents are Princess Marie of Denmark (paternal aunt), Patricia Bailey (maternal aunt), Prince Carlo, Duke of Castro, Count Bendt Wedell, Birgitte Handwerk, and Crown Princess Mary's Australian friend, Josephine Rechner.
She was named:
- Josephine, a popular Danish name (often spelled Josefine) meaning "Jehovah increases" shared with her godmother, Josephine Rechner and her ancestress Josephine of Leuchtenberg
- Sophia, from the Greek meaning "wisdom"; commonly spelled Sofie in Danish
- Ivalo, a Greenlandic name meaning "tendon, thread, sinew."
- Mathilda, An old German name, revived in Australia which means "mighty in battle"
Education[edit | edit source]
On 15 August 2017, Josephine and her twin brother started school at Tranegårdsskolen in Gentofte – the same public school as her older siblings.
On 6 January 2020, Princess Josephine along with her 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, honors, and arms[edit | edit source]
Title and style[edit | edit source]
- 8 January 2011 – present: Her Royal Highness Princess Josephine of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat
Her official title in Danish is Hendes Kongelige Højhed Prinsesse Josephine til Danmark, Komtesse af Monpezat
References[edit | edit source]
- A Prince and a Princess are born. TRH The Crown Prince Couple
- Barnedåb i Holmens Kirke den 14. april 2011. Kongehuset.
- 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