A king in waiting turns 12

The future king of Denmark is 12 today. Prince Christian, born October 15th 2005, might be celebrating behind closed palace doors but like all monarchs in waiting. there is a birthday appearance. The boy who will be king in a generation of girls born to be queen has marked the occasion with a new official photo.

The image was taken on board the royal yacht, Dannebrog, by Christian's mum, Crown Princess Mary. It's likely mama got busy for the birthday during the family's impromptu tour of Denmark during the summer. In August, Mary and Crown Prince Frederik took their four children on a visit to some of the top tourist spots in the country as the Danish Royal Family tried to put a bad few months behind it. Now, with the dust settling on what proved to be a sad summer for them all with the confirmation that Prince Henrik has dementia, the image that remains of that time is of a future king.

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Christian Valdemar Henri John, Prince of Denmark and Count of Monpezat, was born on October 15th 2005 in Copenhagen. the first child of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary. He now has three siblings, ten year old Isabella and six year old twins, Vincent and Josephine. He lives with his family in the Danish capital where he attends school. As his teenage years approach, Christian will no doubt find more royal responsibilities creeping into his life. Judging by the photo mum took, this future king will be facing them with confidence.