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Old 07-26-2009, 04:08 PM
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I believe it's natural.As royals,they would have to learn English sooner or later,so why not from the beginning.
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I don't know for sure, but it would make sense for the children to learn English as well as Danish, especially since their mother's family all speak English. It would be sad if they couldn't communicate with their grandfather, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

I love this photo:

http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/9416/10445264.jpg
It looks like Christian is dancing.
That is a great photo!

I assume Mary and Frederik do speak English to their children as well as Danish, but the Donaldsons do; they said in an interview that they speak a mixture of English and childhood Danish to Christian, and that he often comes out with English words when speaking...although this was quite a while back, I don't know if they still do.
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Old 07-26-2009, 04:11 PM
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As we can see in the above video,Frederick spoke English to his son.It just came out of his mouth,automatically!Which probably means that English is the language they most often use.
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Old 07-26-2009, 04:18 PM
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Here are some photos from MSN.dk:

Her er Prins Henrik Carl Joachim Alain - MSN Starlounge

http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/w.../04_G_ster.jpg
This is my favorite. Marie looks so happy.

The announcement of the baby's name is now on the royal family's website:
http://kongehuset.dk/publish.php?id=21975
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Old 07-26-2009, 04:37 PM
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I just noticed that none of the Swedish family attended.They are supposed to be relatives and Sweden is so close to Denmark,isn't that weird?
Yes they are close - Queen Margrethe is a first cousin to the King of Sweden; her mother Ingrid and his father, Gustaf VI Adolf, were siblings. So Joachim and Frederik are second cousins to Victoria, Carl Philip and Madeleine. But I'd imagine none of them would be there unless one of them was a godparent or something. And Victoria is already a godmother of 12.
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Old 07-26-2009, 04:47 PM
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Thanks for pointing this out,Kthomas306.Told you,Christian has been very naughty today.But this means that they speak English or maybe,they raise them as bilingual (English & Danish).Does anyone know for sure?
In an interview published this year Mary said that they should speak English with Christian all the time now, but that they find it very hard with everything around them happening in Danish, but we're getting a bit off-topic for this thread, so if you have any more questions for me, PM me and I'll see if I can dig the magazine out.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599...rom=public_rss
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Old 07-26-2009, 04:50 PM
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Princess Marie's Lady-in-Waiting Marianne Engel attended the christening today:

http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/w...gl_blog/05.jpg

Here are some photos of the guests:
Billedserie: Prinsedåb i Møgeltønder

Bt.dk is reporting that Prince Henrik (the Queen's consort, not the baby) has left the christening party early. The article doesn't give a reason, but he does have an engagement tomorrow, so he is probably going home to get some rest. The article also talks about the menu at the party, and mentions that there was a "prince of a cake, specially created for the event".

http://www.bt.dk/royale/prins-henrik-tog-tidligt-hjem
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Old 07-26-2009, 04:56 PM
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Just finished watching it, was such a nice ceremony. I loved the bit when all the kids came up not sure if that's a tradition but I thought it was a nice touch.
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Old 07-26-2009, 05:30 PM
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I like the name, but it's hard to get used to - when I hear Prince Henrik, I think immediately of the Queen's husband, which makes posts like this one sound pretty funny:

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It was so tender that little Prince Henrik was smiling when the priest was putting water on his head...but now he's crying!!!
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Old 07-26-2009, 05:51 PM
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Just finished watching it, was such a nice ceremony. I loved the bit when all the kids came up not sure if that's a tradition but I thought it was a nice touch.
Yes that is very common to do in Denmark to invite the children up
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Very nice pics. And Mary is one of Henrik's godmothers
So, they used the father's name and the grandparent's too (Henrik and Alain) but why Carl? A name they like?
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Old 07-26-2009, 05:56 PM
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This may have been to honor Count Carl Bernadotte, who is related to the DRF (I think). He is in his nineties, and attended today's ceremony. I also went back through this thread, and it has been stated by Stefan that Carl is the Danish version of the name Charles. Charles is Marie's brother, and one of the godparents.
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I just noticed that none of the Swedish family attended.They are supposed to be relatives and Sweden is so close to Denmark,isn't that weird?
It did. Queen Ingrids brother attended with his wife.

Btw the name Carl is in the royal family (the first Bernadotte king was named Carl and since Marie is from France, it might not be a coincidence with that name.
And ofc her brother is named Charles
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I like the name but I didn't think they would have chosen Henrik for a first name.
Nor did I, and I think it's a bad idea!
My objection is that it'll be confusing with two Princes Henrik! The RF might argue that there won't be any mix-up, because Henrik the Elder officially is referred to as 'Prinsgemalen' (the prince consort). There's just one minor detail: We - the Danish people - don't call him 'Prinsgemalen', which sounds stuffy in Danish ears! We refer to him as Prince Henrik!

Secondly, Henrik is a also a bad idea because the Prince Henrik (still the Elder) is not that popular! I won't say that he is unpopular either, IMO his public standing is best described as being tolerated!

Naming a grandchild after him might boost his ego, but it won't boost his popularity! Now try telling that to the Danish Royal Family !

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name for a royal child.
It lurked in the back of my mind, but I eventually dismissed it. Wrong again ! A Danish newspaper suggest that it could be a reference to the Swedish Bernadottes, but there are probably other reasons, like the French translation Charles.

Naming him after Prince Carl, the later King Haakon VII of Norway seems a bit far fetched, again IMO !

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Old 07-26-2009, 06:10 PM
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The announcement of the baby's name is now on the royal family's website:
Kongehuset - Aktuelt - Nyheder[/quote]

Why are Joachim's children HH,and the other members of the family HRH?
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Old 07-26-2009, 06:14 PM
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The announcement of the baby's name is now on the royal family's website:
Kongehuset - Aktuelt - Nyheder

Why are Joachim's children HH,and the other members of the family HRH?
Becuase only children of a reigning monarc are entitles to the HRH tittle. Thats why Joachims children are titled HH becuase Joachim is not going to be a king.
Frederiks children are titled HRH because Frederik is going to be a king.
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Becuase only children of a reigning monarc are entitles to the HRH tittle. Thats why Joachims children are titled HH becuase Joachim is not going to be a king.
Frederiks children are titled HRH because Frederik is going to be a king.
If you say so....why are the duke's of York daughters titled HRH as he is not going to be a king?
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nice new names for the prince. i'm happy they chose to honour henrik. marie looked very lovely with the curls.
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Every country has its own laws and traditions.
In Britain, all children and male-line grandchildren of the Monarch are entitled to the style of HRH.
In Denmark, only the children of the Monarch and the Heir Apparent are entitled to the HRH style.
In Norway, only one of Crown Prince Haakon’s children (his Heir and future Queen Ingrid Alexandra) is HRH. Sverre Magnus, Haakon’s son (and therefore, the son of the future Monarch) is only a HH.
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Then I am guessing this baby should be referred to as Prince Henrik II to avoid any confusion? Right?
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