Prince Vincent of Denmark

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Prince Vincent of Denmark,[1] Count of Monpezat (Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander; born 8 January 2011), is the third child and younger son of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, the sixth grandchild and youngest grandson of Queen Margrethe II and the late Prince Henrik, and the twin brother of Princess Josephine.

Vincent is fourth in line to the Danish throne, after his father, older brother Prince Christian and older sister, Princess Isabella.

Birth and early life

Vincent and Josephine in January 2012

Prince Vincent was born at Rigshospitalet, the Copenhagen University Hospital, in Copenhagen, at 10:30 am local time, 26 minutes before his twin sister.[2][3] Shortly after the birth, while speaking to the press, the Crown Prince joked about calling his newborn son Elvis,[4] 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.

Vincent and his sister were baptized 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, his father's first cousin the Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Crown Prince Felipe of Spain, Count Michael Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille, Baroness Helle Reedtz-Thott and Caroline Heering.[5]

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 of the United Kingdom, Vincent is also in the line of succession to the British throne (and the thrones of the other Commonwealth realms), 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.

On 15 August 2017, Vincent and his twin sister started school at Tranegårdsskolen in Gentofte – the same public school as their elder siblings.

Titles and styles

Vincent is styled as His Royal Highness Prince Vincent of Denmark, Count of Monpezat.[6]

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 April 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "A Prince and a Princess are born". Archived from the original on 11 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Kronprinsesse Mary har født Archived 17 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Kronprinsen: Vi kan kalde ham Elvis". Berlingske (in Danish). Ritzau. 8 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Barnedåb i Holmens Kirke den 14. april 2011" (in Danish). Kongehuset. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "His Royal Highness Prince Vincent". Danish Royal Court. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 

External links

  • Official website
Prince Vincent of Denmark
Born: 8 January 2011
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Princess Isabella of Denmark
Line of succession to the Danish throne
4th position
Succeeded by
Princess Josephine of Denmark
Preceded by
Prince Christian of Denmark
Line of succession to the British throne
descended from Arthur, son of Victoria
Succeeded by
Princess Isabella of Denmark
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