Prince Vincent of Denmark

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Prince Vincent
Vincent and Josephine.jpg
Vincent and Josephine in January 2012
Full name
Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander
Father Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark
Mother Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark
Born (2011-01-08) 8 January 2011 (age 3)
Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark

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 Prince Henrik, and the twin brother of Princess Josephine.

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

Birth[edit]

Gun salute being fired from Kronborg Castle to mark the birth of Prince Vincent.

The Prince 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, as the twins share a birthday with the "King of Rock and Roll".[4]

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.

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, the Prince 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 currently follow the custom of male-preference primogeniture.

Christening[edit]

Vincent and his sister were christened 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, Felipe VI of Spain, the Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Count Michael Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille, Baroness Helle Reedtz-Thott and Caroline Heering.[5]

Royal duties[edit]

On 3 August 2014, during the family's official visit to Greenland, Vincent, his parents and siblings, took part in a tree planting in Qaqortoq's new poplar grove, Ivalos og Miniks Poppellund, named after Vincent and his sister who are known by their Greenlandic middle names in Greenland.[6][7]

Titles and styles[edit]

Vincent is styled as "His Royal Highness Prince Vincent of Denmark, Count of Monpezat".[8] In Greenland, he is known as Prince Minik.

Honours and decorations[edit]

Medals
  • Denmark 14 January 2012: Commemorative Ruby Jubilee Medal of Her Majesty The Queen

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://kongehuset.dk/publish.php?id=28791
  2. ^ "A Prince and a Princess are born". 
  3. ^ Kronprinsesse Mary har født
  4. ^ The Royal Twins of Denmark Make Public Debut. SugarSlam.com, 14 January 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
  5. ^ "Godfathers and Godmothers to the Prince and Princess". Kronprinsparret.dk. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "TRÆPLANTNING I QAQORTOQ". Kongehuset.dk. 3 August 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Billedgalleri fra Qaqortoq: Kronprinsfamilien fik træer". sermitsiaq.ag. 3 August 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "His Royal Highness Prince Vincent". Danish Royal Court. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 

External links[edit]

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