Nine years of Prince Christian of Denmark.
Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine of Denmark being introduced to a pair of Greenlandic twin boys who were born the same year as them in Paamiut, Greenland on 4 August 2014.
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The Fredensborg days (or “Fredensborgdagene”) were the family summer holidays thrown at Fredensborg Palace by King Christian IX and Queen Louise of Denmark from 1880 to 1898. The Queen had been inspired to invite her entire family on summer holiday by her own Hessian family’s annual gatherings at the Rumpenheim Palace in Offenbach am Main in the 1850’s and 1860’s – and from 1880, the Danish regent couple made the summer holidays an annual tradition. They had no problem filling up the spacious Fredensborg Palace with royalty from all over Europe because their six children were all married well into the Swedish, British, Russian, Hanoverian and French royal families, respectively, and all had large families of their own who were more or less keen to gather in Denmark.
At the height of the period, the Danish court was the absolute most international in Europe. That is still evident at Fredensborg Palace today because it became a tradition for the summer holiday guests to scratch their names and little messages into the palace’s windows with a diamond. Tsar Alexander III of Russia, husband of Christian and Louise’s daughter Dagmar, was particularly fond of the Fredensborg days because he enjoyed a much larger freedom in Denmark as opposed to in Russia where the Imperial family lived in constant fear of assassinations and political unrest. Sometimes the Emperor would casually take the train from Fredensborg to Copenhagen – without notifying anyone – and walk around without getting recognised. That always caused a large fuss with the abandoned Russian court at Fredensborg who rushed around to find their Tsar who then would show up a few hours later. The same could not be said about the Tsar’s frivolous brother-in-law, Prince Edward, Prince of Wales, who unlike the Tsar wasn’t much of a family man and found the gatherings “dull”.
Ever so often, various members of the family – usually led by King Christian IX himself – went for walks in Fredensborg’s Palace garden and one day, the family invited a man who had gotten lost in the garden to join them so they could lead him out. When they reached the park’s exit, the man asked whom the had the honour of thanking to which the King answered: “I am the King of this country; and this is my son, the Crown Prince. This is my other son, the King of Greece; and his son, Crown Prince Constantine. This is my oldest daughter, the Queen of the United Kingdom; my other daughter, the Dowager Empress of Russia; and my youngest daughter, the Duchess of Cumberland.” The man could not believe his ears, took off his hat and replied, “and I am Jesus Christ”.
While the gatherings did continue following Queen Louise’s death in 1898, it never really became the same without her and when King Christian IX died in 1906, his son King Frederik VIII decided not to continue the tradition.
The Queen greeting the Crown Prince Couple, upon arriving to the opening of the Danish Parliament, October 7th.
Credit: Anon submission.
September 29th 1853: birth of Princess Thyra of Denmark, Crown Princess (Queen had the Prussians not annexed her Kingdom!) of Hanover, and Duchess of Cumberland and Teviotdale. Younger sister of Queen Alexandra, Empress Marie Feodorovna, and King George of Greece…and with that ‘hideous mouth’ that Queen Victoria passed her scathing judgement on!
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary being cutie patooties together during their official visit to Canada.
When eighteen-year-old Princess Dagmar set off for Russia, the famed Danish author Hans Christian Andersen witnessed her departure, writing of “the king’s noble and amiable daughter.” “As she left,” recounted Andersen, “I stood in the crowd of men on the wharf where she, with her royal parents, went on board. She saw me, stepped up to me and shook my hand warmly. Tears started from my eyes; they were in my heart for our young princess. Everything promises for her happiness; an excellent family like that she has left, is that she has entered. A fortunate pair are she and her noble husband.”
The princess from Denmark received an enthusiastic welcome from her future countrymen. At St. Petersburg, where the official welcome took place, cheering spectators crowded platforms decorated with flags and flowers. So numerous were the onlookers that nearly every rooftop, window and balcony on the parade route was crammed. A witness to Princess Dagmar's arrival in Russia, S. D. Sheremetyev, who had known the tsarevich since his childhood, recalled that the princess “charmed everybody.” The festivities included fireworks, iluminations, and balls, though the events seemed to be “a burden on the Tsarevich,” recalled Sheremetyev. “But Dagmar's popularity was growing. She was seen as a key to prosperity, all the hopes were laid on her and she would light the hearts with her eyes, her simlicity and charm promised happiness and peace.”
Julia P. Gelardi (From Splendor to Revolution)