Summary based on a number or article in BT, Sunday 09/01-2011.
The maternity team was alerted a little past 05.00 Saturday morning. BT writes that Mary arrived at Rigshospitalet at little before 07.00. However, I heard Morten Hedegaard say on TV, that Mary arrived “a little later”. And that she gave birth five hours later. To me that indicate she arrived sometime between 05.00 and 06.00.
Anyway, the first twin a boy (Elvis) was born at 10.30 and the second, a girl (Shirley) was born at 10.56.
Elvis measured 47 cm and weighed a healthy 2.674 grams. Shirley measured 46 cm and weighed 2.554 grams. Both children scored well on the apgar scale.
The births were uncomplicated and were labeled a “dream birth” by Morten Hedegaard.
Frederik cut the umbilical cord on the first twin and held that twin in his arms while Mary gave birth to the second.
Mary had an epidural.
The twins were so perfectly aligned that midwife, Birgitte Hillerup, didn’t even consider a C-section.
The batteries at Sixtus in Copenhagen and Kronborg Castle did indeed fire 2 x 21 gun salutes at noon Saturday. But with a 30 seconds pause between the salutes. Not 26 minuttes as reported in Politiken, that would have been silly. Unfortunately the fog at Kronborg was so dense that it spoiled the spectacle.
A little past 11.30 Frederik went down to the waiting press in the foyer and announced that his wife (formal word) the Crown Princess had given birth to a boy and a girl.
He added: “Considering the circumstances the mother and the children are really, really well – as is the father”. (*)
And then a visibly overjoyed Frederik answered questions from the press:
“It’s double-trouble, until they are born, so you are extra attentive for them”.
When he learned that this was the birthday of Elvis Presley Frederik joked: “We can call him Elvis, at least to begin with”.
Did he cry?
“One should not keep the tears back in such a situation”.
How was QMII’s reaction?
“She was totally happy”.
“When the first arrive, the you know that number two will arrive half an hour later. It’s unreal – at least for a father and a man. It’s almost like being a dad again for the first time, because there are two individuals and two little hearts you have to keep an eye on”.
“I was present and tried to absorb it all every second, because I didn’t want to hit the floor from excitement and expectations – and indeed I didn’t”.
“Mary was fantastic. She handled it extremely well”.
Who do the twins resemble?
“They look like newborn. They both have dark hair, so there should be no questions as to who are their parents”.
“No-o, I won’t stand here alone and promise…”, he chuckled.
How about Christian and Bella?
“It’s still a bit unreal for them, even though they have followed the beautiful growing belly of their mother. But I think it’s stranger for Isabella. She probably thinks mother is coming home with two dolls”.
A little past 13.00 a delighted farfar/grandpapa/granddad Henrik showed up at Rigshospitalet and was immediately set upon by the hunger press, making the PET officers slightly nervous.
Prince Henrik said: “I wanted to be the first to congratulate”.
Will he baby-sit?
“That’s not my job”.
“I’m very proud and very happy”.
Later in the afternoon Queen Margrethe stepped into the foyer, raising the average IQ there by 100% and this time PET made sure the press stayed behind the barrier.
There is no mention of QMII starting by cutting down a reporter, who asked a particularly silly question, in her usual style. – Perhaps it was a BT reporter…
Then the questions started in earnest and QMII switched to English, even when asked in Danish, so I guess she was thinking in English.
Who do the twins resemble?
“They resemble each other”.
“I’m really proud and happy”.
“My daughter-in-law shines like a sun and I’m so happy on her behalf that the birth passed swiftly for her. And (I’m) delighted her father is here”.
She did indeed bring a present.
“But what it was I won’t say”.
This was treat for the press, QMII being a Majesty, is not in the habit of giving improvised press conferences whenever a child is born in the DRF. She did this time. – Displaying clearly that while (at least the Danish) reporters may earn a living from writing, her mastery of Danish is superior to any of them. – It fills me with some glee…
Mary’s sympathetic father, John Donaldson also dropped by Rigshospitalet.
“Yes, I cried when I got the news that Mary had given birth. I’m really good at crying”.
He has been looking after Christian and Isabella.
“Looking after and looking after. Been with them”.
And he broke the news to Christian and Bella.
“It all happened at once, so all ended up being told at the same time. But I’m not quite sure they comprehended the scale of the news. But they did smile”.
“Mary is feeling fantastic and she looks splendid. She’s bubbling from happiness. – Even though it’s been hard, she’s already joking. And the little newborns, they are just lovely”.
John Donaldson is now a proud granddad of twelve grandchildren.
He added that Mary’s sister Patricia Bailey will go to Denmark shortly.
BT phoned Mary’s second sister, Jane Stephens, who said: “I’m thrilled and excited for Fredrik, Isabella and Christian. I’m relieved that everyone are well after the birth”.
Joachim and our Marie are on a trip abroad somewhere and cannot visit Mary now.
Christian is suffering from a cold, so he and Isabella were kept away, at least Saturday.
(*) A bit funny. I noticed Frederik said father and mother in a very formal way during the press meeting. Faderen/moderen = the father/the mother is very unusual and very formal. Faren/moren is the common way to say it.
Billed Bladet informs us that Caroline and Peter Heering arrived at Rigshospitalet late Sunday forenoon as the first visitors of the day to Mary.
BT informs us that Frederik most likely slept at the hospital with Mary on the night to Sunday.