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Prince Vincent

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Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander
House House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glucksburg
Father Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark
Mother Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark
Born 8 January 2011(2011-01-08) (age 7) &&&&&&&&&&&&0301Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark

BirthEdit

The prince was born at Rigshospitalet, the Copenhagen University Hospital, in Copenhagen, at 10:30 am local time, 26 minutes before his twin sister. At birth, he weighed 2.67 kg (5.8 lb) and measured 47 cm (18.5 ins) He was healthy with an apgar score of 10 (out of 10) after 1 minute. Shortly after the birth, while speaking to the press, the Crown Prince joked about calling his newborn son Elvis, as the twins share a birthday with the "King of Rock and Roll"

At noon on 8 January, a 21-gun salute was fired from the Sixtus Battery at Holmen Naval Base in Copenhagen and from Kronborg Castle in North Zealand to mark the arrival of a royal child.

In 2009, the Danish constitution was altered, granting absolute primogeniture to the Danish throne, meaning that the eldest child, regardless of gender, takes precedence in the line of succession. Under the old system of male-preference primogeniture, Vincent would have displaced his elder sister Isabella in the line of succession; with the new law, he comes directly after her instead. As a descendant of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, the Prince is also in the line of succession to the throne of each of the sixteen Commonwealth Realm, where he does take precedence over Isabella, because those Realms follow the custom of male-preference primogeniture.

ChristeningEdit

Vincent and his sister were christened on 14 April 2011, at the chapel of the Church of Holmen. His name was announced as Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander. His godparents are his maternal uncle, John Stuart Donaldson, Felipe, Prince of Asturias, Gustav, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Count Michael Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille, Baroness Helle Reedtz-Thott and Caroline Heering.

He was named:

  • Vincent, a popular French name in acknowledgement of his grandfather's French roots, meaning "conquering"
  • Frederik, after his father and following the custom that Danish princes tend to have either Frederik or Christian among their given names
  • Minik, a popular Greenlandic name in use for both genders meaning "viscid train oil which is being used as sealing for skin boats."
  • Alexander, a popular name in Denmark, originally a Latin name derived from the Greek Alexandros, meaning "defender of men" It is also a popular name among the crown princess' family.

Titles, styles, honours and armsEdit

TitleEdit

  • 8 January 2011 – present: His Royal Highness Prince Vincent of Denmark, Count of Monpezat

His official title in Danish is Hans Kongelige Højhed Prins Vincent til Danmark, Greve af Monpezat