Denmark’s future king has a big birthday bash on the horizon.
Australian-born Princess Mary and Prince Frederik’s elder son is set to mark the milestone on October 15, with the Danish Palace revealing how the family will celebrate.
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Danish officials have announced – more than a month before the big day – the plans to be hosted by Queen Margrethe.
Alongside a lengthy social media statement outlining the itinerary was a series of new portraits of Christian, who is second in line to the Danish throne after his father.
A relaxed-looking Christian was seen sitting on a stool and gazing at the camera, his hands clasped together in his lap.
Prince Christian’s royal portrait. Credit: Instagram / detdanskekongehus
In one portrait, he was dressed in a blazer and blue shirt, while the other two were more casual, as he smiled in a zipped-open jacket and basic white T-shirt.
“On Sunday 15 October 2023, His Royal Highness Prince Christian turns 18. Authority Day is celebrated with a changing of the guard at Amalienborg, where the Prince, together with his family and Her Majesty the Queen, appear on the balcony of Frederik VIII’s Palace,” the statement began.
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“In the evening, the Queen hosts a gala dinner where the guests reflect Prince Christian’s own generation.”
The gala will take place at Christiansborg Castle in Copenhagen, with guests including “representatives from a selection of the country’s youth organisations as well as young people who have marked themselves in the world of sports, art and culture”.
Prince Frederik and Princess Mary accompany Prince Christian for his first day at his former school, Herlufsholm. Credit: Keld Navntoft/Kongehuset
The palace will also invite “up to 200 young people from the common community to take part in the celebration, as each of Denmark’s municipalities as well as Greenland and the Faroe Islands, will have the opportunity to choose two 18-year-olds to participate in the gala table”.
Nearly a month later, on November 14, Christian will make a “so-called solemn declaration about wanting to comply with the constitution” in front of the State Council.
“Prince Christian will hereafter be appointed head of state,” the palace continued.
“Prince Christian will not get a seat in the State Council until a change of throne has taken place.”
Prince Christian turns 18 in October. Credit: Instagram / detdanskekongehus
Ahead of his 18th birthday, Christian declared he would forego his royal allowance to focus on his education.
From the age of 18, he is entitled to receive government funding in exchange for working as a full-time royal.
But he has decided not to do so, instead prioritising his education for the next three years before taking on the mantle of full-time royal at 21.
Prince Frederik and Princess Mary’s eldest son Prince Christian. Credit: Instagram / detdanskekongehus
“Prince Christian’s main priority in the coming year will be completing Prince’s high school education,” a statement on June 27 said.
“Following this, the Royal House will orient Prince Christian’s further youth and education course, when the time comes.
“It has thus been agreed with the Ministry of State that support in the Danish Parliament for a law on annual pension will only be sought when the Prince turns 21 or by a possible change of the throne, if it takes place before.”
Christian is the eldest of Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik’s four children.
His siblings are Princess Isabella, 15, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, both 12.
Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent. Credit: Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images
‘Where does time go?’
On Tuesday, royal fans reacted to the new portraits of Christian.
“An extremely beautiful young person. How wonderful it is to live in a time with portraits and naturalisation of our royal houses,” one commenter wrote.
“18?!!! When did this happen?? Omg it was only yesterday he was knee-high to a grasshopper. Happy birthday, from Australia,” a proud Aussie said.
“He looks so much like his mother ❤️ Happy Birthday your highness,” a third wrote.
Another remarked, “Wow, almost 18…. Where does the time go?”
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