January, 2011

Jan 11

The royal twins meet the world

danish-babies.jpgThis afternoon the world finally saw the Danish royal twins. At 3:35 pm Crown Prince Frederik and his wife Crown Princess Mary entered the foyer of the Danish National Hospital, Rigshospitalet, with the babies in their arms.

150 reporters and press photographers from all over the world met the happy couple with well wishes, questions and flashing cameras. The 38-year old Australia-born princess proudly carried her sleeping baby prince through the crowd of admiring onlookers. The little sleeping beauty rested comfortably in the arms of Mary’s husband.

Frederik told the press that after the baby prince was born, he was put on his mother’s tummy. Mary held his little hand while she gave birth to his sister, who saw the light of day 30 minutes after her brother. Since the twins were born, the young royal family, which is now a family of six, has been in a bubble of happiness, Mary said.

Even though a Cesarean is the method of choice for many twin parents, Mary proudly announced that she never had considered a Cesarean. It was a completely natural childbirth, or actually two births, as the Crown Prince pointed out.

During the hospital visit, the royal couple had worked hard on synchronizing the twins. It is important for twins to have the same eating and sleep schedule, otherwise breastfeeding becomes an impossible task. The Australian beauty added that there are noticeable differences in the temperaments of the babies. The princess is calmer than the baby boy, she said and smiled.

A reporter recalled that Frederik had told the press that he was prepared to have more children. “Did I really say that?”, Frederik innocently asked and laughed. “We have our hands full now”, Mary added and laughed too.

At 3:52 the couple thought it was time to head home. Everyone had expected them to have a driver but the young couple fastened their babies on the backseat and then entered the driver’s seat and passenger seat in the front and took off to the castle.

Jan 11

The royal twins are going home this afternoon

RoyalFamily.jpgThis afternoon the world will be able to see the Royal Danish twins for the first time. The family of six, including Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, big brother Christian, big sister Isabella and the baby twins, will be united today as one big family when the babies and their mother, the 38-old Australia-born princess, return home.

Before disappearing behind the walls of the castle, however, the Royal family will make a media appearance in the foyer of the Danish National Hospital, Rigshospitalet, where the twins and their mother have been recovering since the twins were born Saturday morning. While the babies were big for twins, they were born a little too early and were therefore kept in the hospital slightly longer than usual. The only reported complication was jaundice, which is quite common in all newborn babies.

This is the first time since the middle ages that twins are born into the Danish Royal family. We also have to go several generations back to find a Danish Royal successor with more than three children. Frederik’s grandfather and his wife had three girls, Margrethe, Benedikte and Anne Marie. Queen Margrethe and her husband Prince Henrik were blessed with two boys, Crown Prince Frederik and his younger brother Joachim. In the 19th century Christian IX and his large flourishing family served as compensation in the mind of the Nation when Denmark lost a part of Jutland to Germany in 1864. Since then the Royal family has been the ideal role model for Danish families.

When the baby twins return home this afternoon, two small beds will be ready for them in their own room at Amalienborg, the castle where the Queen, her husband Prince Henrik and the royal couple live. With four children, the Australia-born princess and her prince will need a bigger car. Several companies have already offered the couple a free luxury family car. The company Andersen and Martini have promised them a Saab 9-4X. But the model is not released until August, so the company may provide the family with a Cadillac Escalade. All members of the Royal family have received free luxury cars as gifts. Prince Joachim and his wife Marie received an Cadillac BLS Diesel, and Crown Princess Mary was offered a Saab 9-3 Aero Cabriolet as a wedding gift.

Jan 11

Naming the Royal Twins

PrincessMaryWithFrederikPregnant.jpgWhen announcing the birth of his baby twins outside the Danish National Hospital, Rigshospitalet, on January 8, 2011, Crown Prince Frederik jokingly said that they hadn’t decided on a name for the little ones but since he had heard that his twin son was born on Elvis’ birthday, we could call him Elvis for now.

According to tradition, the names of royal babies are not announced until their christening, three months after their birth. So, the excitement will last a few months. It is, however, highly unlikely that the royal couple will name their baby son Elvis.

The couple’s oldest son, prince Christian, had to be traditionally named as he was first born and hence first in line of succession after his father. Tradition has it that boys who are first in line of succession are named Frederik or Christian in an alternating pattern. Thus far girls who are first in line of succession have been named Margrethe.    

As Crown Princess Mary grew up in Australia, it is likely that the royal couple will choose English or Australian names for their twin babies. In 2009 the most popular names for baby boys in Australia were: 1. Jack, 2. Lachlan, 3. Cooper, 4. William, 5. Joshua, 6. Thomas, 7. Oliver, 8. Riley, 9. Noah, 10. Max, 11. James, 12. Ethan, 13. Aiden, 14. Liam, 15. Jackson, 16. Lucas, 17. Alexander, 18. Oscar, 19. Charlie, 20. Connor, and the most popular names for baby girls were: 1. Isabella, 2. Olivia, 3. Lily, 4. Chloe, 5. Emily, 6. Charlotte, 7. Ella, 8. Ava, 9. Amelia, 10. Sophie, 11. Sienna, 12. Mia, 13. Grace, 14. Ruby, 15. Zoe, 16. Isabelle, 17. Madison, 18. Emma, 19. Matilda,  20. Georgia. The royal couple’s oldest daughter is named Isabella, which explains the popularity of the name in 2009.

The Crown Prince and Princess, however, are also unlikely to pick their names from the popular lists. One factor that may play a role when choosing a name is whether the name has occurred in the English royal family. If forced to guess, I would say that Canute, Geoffry, Oliver and Timothy, traditional British royal names, may be on the list of names the couple considers for their baby prince, whereas Anne, Caroline, Catherine and Victoria, also traditional British royal names, may be on the list of potential names for their youngest daughter.

The most likely name for Mary’s little girl, however, is Henrietta. The Crown Princess’s mother Henrietta “Etta” Clark Donaldson died on November 20, 1997, when Mary was only 25 years old. Her mother never knew that her youngest daughter would become a real princess. Naming the new little princess after her grandmother would be a beautiful tribute to the memory of Mary’s mother.

The Danish Royal family does not have a last name. When a last name is required, royal women go by Regina, which means queen, and the royal men go by Rex, which means king. When Frederik met his princess during the Olympics in Sydney in 2000, he modestly introduced himself as “Fred”. The now 38-year old royal beauty says that she had no idea that the handsome young man before her was a real prince.

Jan 11

Crown Princess Mary has given birth to twins, a boy and a girl

MaryRed.jpgCrown Princess Mary gave birth to her twins babies this morning on January 8, 2011. The first little baby to meet the world was a little boy, who weighed in at a grand 2674 grams and measured no less than 47 cm. Then a little girl saw the light of day. She weighed 2574 grams and was 46 cm tall. Very impressive measures for twin  babies. The 38-year old Australian beauty had been admitted to the hospital early this morning. Her husband Crown Prince Frederik was sitting by his wife’s side throughout the labour.

Frederik announced the arrival of the new prince and princess outside the Danish National Hospital, Rigshospitalet, in Copenhagen. Both mother and children are doing well, he said. Journalists and press photographers from all over the world were present to interview the happy father. The press had literally been waiting by the phone for days to be ready for the birth.

During the Crown Prince’s official appearance in front of the hospital, the press asked if the royal couple had thought of any names for the two little guys. Frederik responded that they were still considering names but that he had heard that the birthday was also Elvis’. “So for now, we can call the little Prince Elvis”, he added with a smile.

The royal twins will be fourth and fifth in Denmark’s line of succession after their father, their brother Christian, five, and their sister, Isabella, who is three.

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