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 April 2017, Prince Christian is second-in-line to succeed the Danish throne after his father, The Crown Prince of Denmark .
Prince Christian was born on Saturday, 15 October 2005 in Rigshospitalet, the Copenhagen University Hospital, in Copenhagen, at 1:57am. At birth, he weighed 3.5 kg (7.7 lb) and was 51 cm (20 in) long. 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. A few bonfires were also lit in celebration in Australia.
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.
Name and christeningEdit
Prince Christian was christened on 21 January 2006 in Christiansborg Palace Chapel by Bishop Erik Norman Svendsen. 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.
His forenames all have a family significance:
- Christian is after his great-great-grandfather, Christian X of Denmark, continuing the Danish royal tradition of the heir apparent being named either Christian or Frederick.
- Valdemar is after Valdemar IV of Denmark. It is also a common royal name. The Prince's uncle Joachim has Waldemar as one of his names. The Prince's cousin Felix, Joachim's second son, has Valdemar as one of his names.
- Henri is after his paternal grandfather, Prince Henrik, whose given name is Henri.
- John is after his maternal grandfather, John Donaldson.
He received a number of presents on the occasion of his christening, including a pony called Flikflak from the Folketing, Denmark's national parliament.
On 27 March 2007 Prince Christian started nursery school at Queen Louise's Children's House, located 35 km north of Copenhagen in Fredensborg where the Crown Prince family lives. Prince Christian walked inside accompanied by his parents and is having sessions there to aid his socialisation, according to comments made by his mother. The nursery school bears the name of Christian's ancestor Louise of Sweden.
Christian is the first member of the Danish Royal Family, and first future Danish king, to attend daycare. At the same age, the Crown Prince had a nanny at the palace.
Prince Christian goes to the same school as his third cousin, Prince Wilhelm, Duke of Södermanland, the eldest grandson of King Carl XVI Gustaf.
Succession and the constitutionEdit
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.
Christian Valdemar VikingEdit
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.
Christian participated in his first official royal duty when he attended the opening of the new elephant house at the Copenhagen Zoo with his grandfather, Prince Henrik, who is a patron of the zoo, and who laid the foundation stone for the new elephant house in October 2006.
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. The elephant house was designed by Norman Foster and Partners.
On 19 June, 2010, he acted as a page boy in the wedding of his godmother, the Crown Princess of Sweden, to Daniel Westling. His third cousin's Princess Leona and Prince Wilhelm were also acting as bridesmaid and pageboy they were walking up the aisle in a three.
On 17 November, 2010, he accompanied his mother and grandfather to the unveiling of a painting of Prince Ulrik of Denmark at Rosenborg Castle.
Titles, styles, honors and armsEdit
- 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
- 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