The Danish royal family has shared an update ahead of Prince Christian’s 18th birthday – with fans full of praise about how the young man appears to be preparing to one day be king.
Crown Prince Frederik and Australian-born Princess Mary’s first-born son has recorded a TV broadcast ahead of his big day, titled ‘Prince Christian – A Royal Journey’.
A new photo, shared on the Danish royal family’s Instagram, showed the prince in a booth standing in front of a microphone, recording for the broadcast.
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The 17-year-old was also seen with his dad Frederik on tour, riding in a car and then on a balcony gazing down at Folketing – the Danish Parliament.
The palace also shared a new portrait of the suited prince, smiling at the camera.
The second in line to the throne recording ‘Prince Christian – A Royal Journey’. Credit: Instagram / detdanskekongehus
“On the occasion of his upcoming birthday, Prince Christian is taking part in the program on a journey of formation, with the mission to learn more about a number of the … institutions in Danish society,” the royal family’s Instagram said.
“Prince Christian has taken his father on (a) tour, which takes Their Royal Highnesses past the Parliament, a ministry, the Supreme Court, the church and Defence.”
The program will be available on the Danish royal family’s social media from October 14, the day before Prince Christian’s 18th birthday.
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Fans of the royal family took to the comments praising the way the teenaged prince – second in line to the Danish throne – is preparing to one day be king.
“I think it’s so nice the way the prince is being prepared for the future, huge gift for the crown prince couple and the royal house in general, they’ve really managed to keep up with the times ❤️,” one said.
“Great parents. Once again, we see the value of emotional intelligence, so rare in monarchies. They had the courage to change,” a second wrote.
Prince Christian with his father Crown Prince Frederik. Credit: Instagram / detdanskekongehus
“His Royal Highness is doing some incredible work at the moment; he is undoubtedly a pleasant example to be a successor. Success to Prince Christian,” added another.
“It’s a beautiful gesture, a great decision, Prince Christian. I wish you a lot of luck, success, determination and a lot of energy, because the future belongs to the young👍👏👏🔥,” a user added.
The family will be celebrating Christian’s birthday with a gala dinner hosted by Queen Margrethe, according to an Instagram update from the palace in August.
A new portrait of Prince Christian. Credit: Instagram / detdanskekongehus
“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.
“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”.
Queen Margrete of Denmark with her grandchildren Prince Christian, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine on the balcony of Amalienborg Palace. Credit: Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images
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 of Denmark with his father, Crown Prince Frederik and mother, Crown Princess Mary, in 2021. Credit: Ole Jensen/Getty Images
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 Christian’s main priority in the coming year will be completing Prince’s high school education,” a statement on June 27 said.
Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent in 2022. Credit: Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images
“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.
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