Princess Josephine
Countess of Monpezat
Born (2011-01-08) 8 January 2011 (age 11)
Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
Names
Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda
FatherFrederik, Crown Prince of Denmark
MotherMary Donaldson

Princess Josephine of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat[1] (Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda; born 8 January 2011) is a member of the Danish royal family. She is the fourth and youngest child of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, and the seventh grandchild of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and the late Prince Henrik. She is the twin sister of Prince Vincent. Josephine is fifth in line to the Danish throne, after her father and older siblings, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, and her elder twin brother.

Birth and christening

Vincent and Josephine in January 2012
Vincent and Josephine in January 2012

Josephine was born at Rigshospitalet, the Copenhagen University Hospital, in Copenhagen, at 10:56 am local time, 26 minutes after her twin brother.[2][3]

Josephine and Vincent were christened on 14 April 2011, at the chapel of the Church of Holmen. The Princess's name was announced as Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda. Her third name, Ivalo, is Greenlandic. It stems from the Qaanaaq region where her father patrolled with the Sirius Dog Sled Patrol and means "sinew".[4] Her godparents are her paternal aunt, Princess Marie of Denmark; her maternal aunt, Patricia Bailey; as well as her parents' friends Prince Carlo, Duke of Castro, Count Bendt Wedell, Birgitte Handwerk and Josephine Rechner.[5] Josephine wore a christening gown found among her great-grandmother Queen Ingrid's belongings, making her the first child of a future Danish monarch not to wear the Danish royal family's traditional christening gown (which was worn by her twin brother) since it was taken into use in 1870.[6]

Public appearances and education

On 3 August 2014, during the family's official visit to Greenland, Josephine, her parents and siblings, took part in a tree planting in Qaqortoq's new poplar grove, Ivalos og Miniks Poppellund, named after Josephine and her brother who are known by their Greenlandic middle names in Greenland.[7][8]

On 15 August 2017, Josephine and her twin brother started school at Tranegårdsskolen in Gentofte – the same public school as her older siblings.

Titles and styles

Royal Monogram of Princess Josephine of Denmark
Royal Monogram of Princess Josephine of Denmark

Josephine is styled as Her Royal Highness Princess Josephine of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat.[9]

References

  1. ^ Kongehuset – Aktuelt – Nyheder Archived 19 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Kongehuset.dk (21 May 2010). Retrieved on 15 April 2011.
  2. ^ TRH The Crown Prince Couple – A Prince and a Princess are born Archived 11 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Kronprinsparret.dk (8 January 2011). Retrieved on 15 April 2011.
  3. ^ TV 2 Nyhederne – Live Archived 17 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Nyhederne.tv2.dk. Retrieved on 15 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Hvad betyder Minik og Ivalo?". Kalaallit Nunaata Radioa. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Godfathers and Godmothers to the Prince and Princess". Kronprinsparret.dk. 14 April 2011. Archived from the original on 29 September 2015. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  6. ^ "Dåbskjolerne". Danish royal family. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  7. ^ "TRÆPLANTNING I QAQORTOQ". Kongehuset.dk. 3 August 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Billedgalleri fra Qaqortoq: Kronprinsfamilien fik træer". sermitsiaq.ag. 3 August 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Her Royal Highness Princess Josephine". Danish Royal Court. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
Princess Josephine of Denmark Born: 8 January 2011 Lines of succession Preceded byPrince Vincent of Denmark Line of succession to the Danish throne 5th position Succeeded byPrince Joachim of Denmark