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Old 01-09-2011, 05:25 AM
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Congratulations Frederik and Mary! I am so happy for them! I had all the time a feeling that the twins will be born on a Saturday, because Christian and Isabella are. A boy and a girl, now they have two of each. What wonderful news. I am really excited to see the twins, hope they both have brown eyes like Mary, since Christian and Isabella have blue eyes like Frederik.
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Old 01-09-2011, 05:27 AM
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It probably has more to do with the fact the prince was born first and nothing to do with gender.
I was thinking the same thing. It seems more likely that the prince will wear the original gown, as he was born first. I wouldn't assume it has anything to do with the twins gender roles or importance.
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Old 01-09-2011, 06:04 AM
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congratulations to Frederik, Mary, Christian and Isabella.
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Old 01-09-2011, 06:11 AM
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A boy and a girl:just perfect!!!!

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Old 01-09-2011, 06:34 AM
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So, (just to put the cat amongst the pigeons) !! (hypothetically speaking of course) why do you feel the original christening gown should be given to the Prince and the Princess wear a replica - is it because he is a boy and you feel he has higher status than his sister. Does that make him more important then
No..because the prince is the "eldest" - he came out first! Simple as that!
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Old 01-09-2011, 06:52 AM
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Congratulations Princess Mary & Prince Frederik and Danish Royal Family, great news little Princess and little Prince
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Old 01-09-2011, 06:52 AM
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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”.

More children?
“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.

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Billed Bladet informs us that Caroline and Peter Heering arrived at Rigshospitalet late Sunday forenoon as the first visitors of the day to Mary.
http://www.billedbladet.dk/Kongelige...%20kommet.aspx

BT informs us that Frederik most likely slept at the hospital with Mary on the night to Sunday.
http://www.bt.dk/royale/frederik-sov-hos-mary
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Old 01-09-2011, 06:58 AM
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Well said!

Roxsteve must have some insider knowledge that we don't to be so "sure" Mary had fertility treatment it really gets up my nose when people make assumptions that beyond 35 all women need fertility treatment to have twins or even to fall pregnant. A friend of mine has two teenage children and discovered she was pregnant again at 43 and she hadn't been planning on any more!
I completely agree. Besides, does it really matter how she gave birth? I personally don't care. When a couple wants children than they should and can make use of the medical and technological possibilities that we have. I think we should be thankful for such kind of possibility as it makes many couples who can't have children naturally very happy. Natural or not natural birth - what matters is that mother and children are healthy and doing fine. I can't wait to see the pictures of the twins.
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Old 01-09-2011, 07:04 AM
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A son and a daughter. How wonderful. Now they have two of each.
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Old 01-09-2011, 07:15 AM
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Congratulations to Frederik, Mary, Christian and Isabella.
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Old 01-09-2011, 07:23 AM
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There is only one gown for the baptism.

What Gowns worn by the royal children, until the actual baptism is always a private matter and therefore not something to be published in advance, "says Lene Balleby who is communications director at the court.

http://www.bt.dk/royale/mary-og-fred...-daabs-problem

Christening Gown with 140 years old was made to Christian 10.s baptism in 1870

The following are particular been baptized in the dress: Frederik 9th, Queen Margrethe, Princess Benedikte, Queen Anne-Marie, Princess Elisabeth, Count Ingolf of Rosenborg, Count Christian of Rosenborg, Crown Prince Frederik, Prince Joachim, Prince Christian and Princess Isabella
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Old 01-09-2011, 07:27 AM
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What were Prince Nikolai,Felix and Henrik christened in?
Maybe that gown can be used if it's different to the other one.
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Old 01-09-2011, 07:28 AM
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Interesting that they're calling the princess Shirley. Is there a particular reason why?
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Old 01-09-2011, 07:29 AM
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I completely agree. Besides, does it really matter how she gave birth? I personally don't care. When a couple wants children than they should and can make use of the medical and technological possibilities that we have. I think we should be thankful for such kind of possibility as it makes many couples who can't have children naturally very happy. Natural or not natural birth - what matters is that mother and children are healthy and doing fine. I can't wait to see the pictures of the twins.
I agree that people who need the technological help for having children, should definitely use them. The 'problem' is that we now tend to believe that most couple expecting twins have had help and that most twin pregnancies must inevitably end with a C-section.

Yesterday, a medical doctor was interviewed on Danish radio and he said that only 13% of all twin births in Denmark take place the way Mary's did - labour was not induced and none of the twins were delivered by C-section. So, from a medical point of view it must be satisfying that these births demonstrate that they can happen without problems
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Old 01-09-2011, 07:33 AM
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There are two cases of twin births in the royal family's history.

In 1519, King Christian II and Queen Elizabeth parents of twin boys Maximilian and Philip, both died the same year. In 1626, King Christian IV and Kirsten Munk was in year 1626 the parents of twin sisters Christiane and Hedvig. None of these twins were in succession.

http://www.bt.dk/royale/det-vidste-d...ige-tvillinger

I've also heard a rumour about twinboys that QMII father should have had in his very early years. But I'm sure it is just a rumour and nothing else.
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What were Prince Nikolai,Felix and Henrik christened in?
Maybe that gown can be used if it's different to the other one.
According to BT online today (http://www.bt.dk/royale/mary-og-frede-har-et-daabs-problem) designer Henrik Hviid made a brand new one for Nikolai's christening which was also used for Felix. BT claims that Henrik Hviid designed a new one for little prince Henrik, so the three brothers are not christened in the same gown.

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Interesting that they're calling the princess Shirley. Is there a particular reason why?
Frederik joked that since the twins were born on Elvis' birthday, the boy could for now be called Elvis. One of the TRF members then said that it was also Shirley Bassey's birthday, so .... Elvis and Shirley!
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Interesting that they're calling the princess Shirley. Is there a particular reason why?
After Shirley Bassey, who was born yesterday. Seeing as the boy is named Elvis.
We have to call them something while we wait for their actual names.

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According to BT online today (http://www.bt.dk/royale/mary-og-frede-har-et-daabs-problem) designer Henrik Hviid made a brand new one for Nikolai's christening which was also used for Felix. BT claims that Henrik Hviid designed a new one for little prince Henrik, so the three brothers are not christened in the same gown.
Could it be possible then, that the gown used for Nikolai and Felix could be used for the baby girl?
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What were Prince Nikolai,Felix and Henrik christened in?
Maybe that gown can be used if it's different to the other one.
There was one gown specially made and used for Nikolai and Felix. And it looks totally different than the one that is being used by Christian and Isabella.
http://www.christinesroyalty.net/spe...i/pic/doop.jpg

And the one that was made for Henrik, is totally different from the two others, too.

http://www.n-tv.de/img/43/435793/O_1...9318722162.jpg
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A son and a daughter. How wonderful. Now they have two of each.
Congrats to the whole family.
I just noticed your avatar, that is the most beautiful I have ever seen Princess Mary. Her face is slightly fuller and gives her a beautiful look.
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Could it be possible then, that the gown used for Nikolai and Felix could be used for the baby girl?
Perhaps.
Personally, I favour a copy of the old christening gown used for Christian and Isabella. At some point this old gown won't last anymore, and then it would be nice to have a high-quality copy of it. And twins are the perfect reason to start making that copy
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