Denmark’s royal family is preparing to host a magnificent gala to celebrate Prince Christian’s 18th birthday. The event, which will take place on Sunday 15 October, will be held at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen. Queen Margrethe will oversee the white-tie dinner, where guests from various royal families around the world have already confirmed their attendance.
A Royal Tradition
The day will begin with a special tradition as the royal family gathers on the balcony of Frederik VIII’s Palace to witness the Changing of the Guard. This longstanding tradition reflects the strong bond between the Danish monarchy and the military.
The Royal Attendees
The immediate members of Prince Christian’s family will be present at the celebration. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, along with their other children, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent, and Princess Josephine, will join Queen Margrethe to honor their eldest son’s milestone birthday. Prince Christian’s uncle, Prince Joachim, and his wife, Princess Marie, are expected to fly in from Washington D.C. along with their children, Count Henrik and Countess Athena. Prince Joachim also has two sons from his previous marriage, Count Nikolai and Count Felix.
Foreign Royal Guests
The gala will feature guests from abroad, including Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden, accompanied by their daughter Princess Estelle. Crown Prince Haakon and his daughter, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, will represent Norway. Future Belgian queen Princess Elisabeth has also confirmed her attendance, adding to the grandeur of the event.
The gala is not exclusive to royals and dignitaries. The Danish court has extended invitations to a selection of youth organizations, as well as young individuals who have excelled in the fields of sports, arts, and culture. In collaboration with the country’s municipalities, The Royal House of Denmark aims to include up to 200 young people from across the realm in the celebration. Each municipality, including Greenland and the Faroe Islands, will have the opportunity to send two 18-year-olds to participate in the gala dinner.
Given the close ties that the Danish royal family shares with other European monarchies, it is possible that additional guests will include King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, along with their daughters, Princess Catharina Amalia and Princess Alexia. There is also anticipation regarding the attendance of Princess Maria Chiara of Bourbon-Two Sicilies.
A Majestic Celebration
Prince Christian’s 18th birthday gala promises to be a majestic affair, brimming with glamour and regality. As Denmark’s future king, this milestone event marks the transition of Prince Christian from adolescence to adulthood, and it provides an opportunity for the royal family to come together with guests from near and far to celebrate this significant moment in his life.