Prince Vincent of Denmark

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Prince Vincent of Denmark, Count of Monpezat, RE (Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander; born 8 January 2011) is a member of the Danish royal family. He is third child and younger son of King Frederik X and Queen Mary, the sixth grandchild and youngest grandson of Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik, and the older twin brother Princess Josephine.

Vincent is third in line to the Danish throne, after his older brother, Crown Prince Christian, and older sister, Princess Isabella.

Birth and Early Life

Prince Vincent was born on 8 January 2011 at Rigshospitalet, the Copenhagen University Hospital, in Copenhagen, at 10:30 am local time, 26 minutes before his twin sister. 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 Elvis Presley.

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

Vincent and his sister were baptized by the royal confessor, the Bishop of Copenhagen Erik Norman Svendsen, on 14 April 2011 at the Church of Holman in central Copenhagen. The twins were baptized at the royal baptismal font which has been used for the baptism of royal children in Denmark since 1671. Prince Vincent wore the royal christening gown which was made for his great-great-grandfather, King Christian X, in 1870, while his sister wore a gown found among Queen Ingrid's belongings. His name was announced as Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander. His third name, Minik, is Greenlandic and means "earwax." His godparents are his maternal uncle, John Stuart Donaldson; his father's first cousin, the Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (then the Hereditary Prince); his mother's lady-in-waiting, Caroline Heering; and friends of his parents, the King of Spain (then the Prince of Asturias), Count Michael Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille and Baroness Helle Reedtz-Thott.

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.

On 15 August 2017, Vincent and his younger twin sister started school at Tranegardsskolen in Gentofte-the same public school as their elder siblings.

Title and Honor

8 January 2011-present His Royal Highness Prince Vincent of Denmark, Count of Monpezat

National Honor

Medals and Decorations

House:Glucksburg (official) Monpezat (agnatic)

Religion Church of Denmark