The Danish Royal Court has released three new photos of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary’s youngest children, twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine to mark their 8th birthday.

Photo: © ️HRH Crown Princess Mary

According to the Det Danske Kongehus Facebook page, ‘I den anledning har Kronprinsparret den glæde at dele en række nye billeder af Deres Kongelige Højheder.’

(English translation: ‘For this reason, the Crown Prince Couple has the pleasure of sharing a number of new pictures of Their Royal Highnesses.’)

The twins were born at Rigshospitalet (Copenhagen University Hospital) in Copenhagen on 8 January 2011. Prince Vincent was born at 10.30 am with Princess Josephine born 26 minutes later at 10:56 am (local time).

Princess Josephine. Photo: © ️HRH Crown Princess Mary

They are fourth and fifth in the line of succession to the Danish throne, following their father and older siblings, Prince Christian and Princess Isabella.

At noon, 21-gun salutes were fired from the Sixtus Battery at Holmen Naval Base in Copenhagen and at Krongborg Castle in North Zealand to mark the birth of a royal child.

Prince Vincent. Photo: © ️HRH Crown Princess Mary

The twins were christened Prince Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander and Princess Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda at Holmen’s Church in Copenhagen on 14 April 2011.

Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine are currently in Grade 1 at Tranegård School in Hellerup.

Their older siblings attend the same school.

Did You Know?

As descendants of Queen Victoria, both Vincent and Josephine are in the line of succession to the thrones of Great Britain and Commonwealth realms, including Australia and New Zealand.

However, as Prince Vincent was born before the changes to the succession on 28 October 2011, he precedes his older sister Princess Isabella.

Queen Victoria’s granddaughter, Margaret of Connault, married Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden (later King Gustaf VI Adolf from 1950 to 1973).

Gustaf VI Adolf as Crown Prince with his first wife Princess Margaret of Connaught and their eldest four children, including Prince Gustaf Adolf (King Carl XVI Gustaf’s father) and Princess Ingrid (later Queen of Denmark) in 1912.

Their daughter, Ingrid, married King Frederik IX of Denmark, in 1935 and produced three daughters, including Queen Margrethe II.

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