Various trivia from countless articles in Billed Bladet #16, 2011.
Written by all the royal reporters.
There were 236 guests in the church at the christening.
Vincent wore the traditional christening gown from 1870, while Josephine wore a gown from 1940, which had been kept unused in store somewhere. The gown was originally a gift to the then crown princess Ingrid, for QMII's baptism.
And we now have yet one more defintion of the meaning of the name Minik. According to professor in geology, Minik Rosing, who was present at the church, the name also means "silent snow fall".
It was a very active and charming Isabella, who nearly stole the show at the christening.
Bella has often been very reserved and very reluctant to smile beforehand. She has also loudly been a determined little lady with her own opinion of what should happen next! Not so this time. At the christening she was all smiles, fun and charm.
And also later on outside Amalienborg.
(Personally I believe she has been very much influenced by attending kindergarten. Children soon learn there to realise that they are not the centre of the universe and that their parents are not around to fulfill any demand they may have, but also to realise and take into consideration the needs of other children).
It looked to me, that she is also relishing the thought of not being the youngest anymore and thet she feel a genuine reponsibility to look after and comfort her younger siblings. She was ready to caress Josephine when she whimpered in Mary's arms in the church.
All in all, a healthy normal child.
Now, being a big brother is heavy responsibility and Christian clearly saw himself as being in charge of his sister. Including calling out to her: "Bella, come here"! And as the dutiful sister, Isabella is, she obeyed - almost.
When a BB reporter shouted to Frederik: "How do you think the children have managed today"? It was Christian who replied: "Very well". (You can actually see that in one of the clips).
While the official photos were takan, the other guests sailed from the church for a tour around the harbour, only to arrive close to Amalienborg an hour later.
The three sightseeing boats used, have been sold but were commandeered for the occasion. Navy NCO's steered the boats and mates from Dannebrog were in charge of the refreshments served onboard.
How much of Copenhagen they actually saw is perhaps questionable, as it appears the guests were more preoccupied with chatting. Many of them don't see each other regularly.
Among the guests were some of Mary's Scottish relatives, including her moster (aunt), Catherine Murray.
Ellen Hillingsøe was wearing an outfit from Malene Birger.
Caroline Søeborg Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille was in a dress from Lanvin. (She married into
serious nobility! From no less than four noble families. FasterB
Caroline Heering's dress was from Heartmade.
Helle Reedtz-Thott wore Christian Louboutin shoes. So did Anja Alajdi.
Rose Gad Foss wore a dress from Baum und Pferdgarten.
The designers Julie Fagerholt and Malene Birger were also there, in their own creations.
Amber Petty said her dress was vintage. - (I'll believe that)..
Caroline Fleming wore a red Chanel jacket and Christian Louboutin shoes.
QMII's hat is apparantly very high fashion! It was created by Per Falk Hansen.
Birgitte Handwerk wore a dress by Britt Sisseck, with a Chanel bag and Christian Loubouting shoes.
(Don't say I don't provide service, ladies
Mary's fascionator is by Marlene Birger. Her brooch was a maternity present from QMII, when Christian was born. It belonged to Queen Ingrid. It's in gold, with pearls and diamonds, incased in silver.
Prince Vincent wasn't that pleased to begin with, but Frederik had equipped himself with a pacifier, which he showed into the mouth of the young Prince. At least that's how it looked to me. Anyway, it worked.
It was Mary who han been in charge of the flower arrangement. The arrangement had been inspired by the blossoming Spring time.
As you noticed, Christian knwe the Lords Prayer by heart.
The heads of the courts, both QMII and M&F's, presented M&F with a couple of frames in silver.
The maternity team, who were also invited, presented M&F with two specially made rucksacks of seal skin from Greenland.
Bette Henrik will soon turn two and he sat on daddy's lap. That was okay, to start with... But soon he wanted to stand on his own, perhaps in the vain hope that Nikolai and Felix would play with him. No. Well, then he could at least charm himself to sit on the lap of Nikolai, to his visible delight.
When the baptism had ended he was reunited with mum. Up in her arms!
At the party at the nightclub in the evening, one of the guests, Pelle Hvenegaard, said when he left: "Frederik has snatched all the blondes".
Among the guests in the church were some whom Frederik had served with in the Frogman Corps.
ADDED: Mette Hansen, Christian's old nanny was at the church as well. She has maintained contact with the family.
And that ends this weeks coverage in Billed Bladet.