Amalienborg today announced that the christening of the twins born to Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary on 8 January will take place in Holmen’s Church in Copenhagen at 3.30 p.m. on Thursday 14 April.
In keeping with Danish royal tradition the names the parents have given their children will only be made public at the baptism.
Holmen’s Church, which dates from the seventeenth century, is traditionally associated with the Navy and was as such the church where the future King Frederik IX, a sailor by education and nature, chose to hold the christening of his three daughters.
The eldest of them, the current Queen Margrethe II, was also married there in 1967 and her and Prince Henrik’s eldest son, Crown Prince Frederik, was baptised there the following year. The latest royal event to take place in the church was the funeral of Count Flemming of Rosenborg in July 2002.
The twins’ elder brother, Prince Christian, was baptised in Christiansborg Palace Church in January 2006, whereas their sister Princess Isabella was christened in Fredensborg Palace Church in July 2007.
It will be interesting to see how the christening dress problem is solved - both twins can hardly wear the traditional royal christening dress.