Princess Athena
Countess of Monpezat
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Princess Athena in March 2016
Born (2012-01-24) 24 January 2012 (age 10)
Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
Names
Athena Marguerite Françoise Marie
HouseMonpezat
FatherPrince Joachim of Denmark
MotherMarie Cavallier

Princess Athena of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat[1] (Athena Marguerite Françoise Marie; born 24 January 2012) is a member of the Danish royal family. She is the younger child and only daughter of Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark. Princess Athena is currently tenth in the line of succession to the Danish throne.

Biography

Athena with her parents chatting with the press
Athena with her parents chatting with the press

Princess Athena was born on 24 January 2012 at Rigshospitalet, the Copenhagen University Hospital.[2] When her father met the press following her birth, he joked that the name selected for her could be anything from Jo to Scheherazade.[3] She has two older half-brothers from her father's first marriage, Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix, and an older brother, Prince Henrik.

As per Danish royal traditions, her names were not revealed until her christening, which took place on 20 May 2012 at the Møgeltønder Church, where her older brothers Felix and Henrik were also christened.[4] She was named Athena Marguerite Françoise Marie for both of her grandmothers as well as for her mother. Her godparents are her maternal uncles, Gregory Grandet and Edouard Cavallier; Carina Axelsson, the long-term girlfriend of her father's cousin Prince Gustav; and friends of her parents, Julie Mirabaud, Diego de Lavandeyra and Henriette Steenstrup.[5]

On 11 August 2017, she started school at Sct. Joseph Søstrenes Skole – the same Catholic private school in Ordrup as her brother Henrik.[6] In 2019, when Athena and her family moved to France, she enrolled at the private school EIB Monceau in the 8th arrondissement of Paris alongside her brother.[7]

Titles and styles

Athena is styled as "Her Highness Princess Athena of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat".[1]

References

  1. ^ a b "Her Highness Princess Athena". Website of the Danish Royal House. Archived from the original on 6 September 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  2. ^ "A Princess Is Born". Website of the Danish Royal House. 24 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Alt mellem Jo og Scheherazade" (in Danish). TV2.dk. 24 January 2012.
  4. ^ Date set for christening of Danish prince
  5. ^ "De er faddere til Schackenborg-prinsessen". Billed Bladet. 20 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Skolestart". Danish royal family. 7 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Joachims nye liv i Paris: Prinsesse Marie fulgte børnene i skole". BT. 7 October 2019.
Princess Athena of Denmark Born: 24 January 2012 Lines of succession Preceded byPrince Henrik of Denmark Line of succession to the Danish throne 10th position Succeeded byThe Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg