Prince Vincent
Count of Monpezat
Born (2011-01-08) 8 January 2011 (age 11)
Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
Names
Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander
FatherFrederik, Crown Prince of Denmark
MotherMary Donaldson

Prince Vincent of Denmark, Count of Monpezat[1] (Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander; born 8 January 2011) is a member of the Danish royal family. He 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 older 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
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 third name, Minik, is Greenlandic and means "earwax".[5] His godparents are his maternal uncle, John Stuart Donaldson; his father's first cousin, the Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (then the Hereditary Prince); his mother's lady-in-waiting, Caroline Heering; and friends of his parents, the King of Spain (then the Prince of Asturias), Count Michael Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille and Baroness Helle Reedtz-Thott.[6]

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.

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

Titles and styles

Royal Monogram of Prince Vincent of Denmark
Royal Monogram of Prince Vincent of Denmark

Vincent is styled as His Royal Highness Prince Vincent of Denmark, Count of Monpezat.[7]

References

  1. ^ "Tvillingernes navne". Kongehuset. 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. ^ "Hvad betyder Minik og Ivalo?". Kalaallit Nunaata Radioa. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Barnedåb i Holmens Kirke den 14. april 2011" (in Danish). Kongehuset. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  7. ^ "His Royal Highness Prince Vincent". Danish Royal Court. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
Prince Vincent of Denmark Born: 8 January 2011 Lines of succession Preceded byPrincess Isabella of Denmark Line of succession to the Danish throne 4th position Succeeded byPrincess Josephine of Denmark