Sunday, 26 July 2009

Prince Henrik Carl Joachim Alain of Denmark christened

At 5.30 p.m. today the son of Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark was christened in Møgeltønder Church in southern Denmark. The Prince was born on 4 May this year, but in keeping with Danish royal tradition it was only during the christening that his name was revealed - Henrik Carl Joachim Alain.
Henrik and Alain are the names of his grandfathers, Joachim that of his father, while Carl is a common royal name - the latest Prince Carl of Denmark was the second son of King Frederik VIII, who went on to become King Haakon VII of Norway. The choice of names breaks with the tradition that all Danish princes shall have either Christian or Frederik among their names, but of course the chance that Prince Henrik Jr will ever succeed to the throne is remote, not to say unlikely - he is currently seventh in line to the throne.
The godparents today were Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Benjamin Grandet and Charles Cavallier (brothers of Princess Marie), and Britt Davidsen Siesbye and Christian Scherfig (friends of Prince Joachim).
Among the 141 guests attending the ceremony were the Queen and Prince Consort of Denmark, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess with their two children, Prince Nikolai, Prince Felix, Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and his girlfriend Carina Axelsson, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg with her husband Count Jefferson-Friedrich von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth and their children Richard and Ingrid, ex-Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes, Prince Nikolaós of Greece and his girlfriend Tatiana Blatnik, Count Ingolf of Rosenborg (born Prince of Denmark) and his wife Sussie, Count Carl Johan Bernadotte af Wisborg (by birth Prince of Sweden) and his wife Gunnila, Countess Marina of Rosenborg and Désirée Iuel (née Princess of Schaumburg-Lippe) with her husband Michael.

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