The Danish Royal Family Portrait

Danish Royal Family Portrait

Late last fall the Danish Royal Family revealed their newest family portrait…

Danish Royal Family Portrait

It features Prince Christian front in center, symbolic of course for the role he will play in the monarchy’s future as King. Meanwhile the royal grandchildren play with toys on the floor while their mothers, Crown Princess Mary and Marie look adoringly at their youngest. Queen Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik look straight ahead as do their sons, Crown Prince Frederik and Joachim.

It’s been criticized for its ‘horror-film’ like portrayal, and one can certainly see how one would draw such comparisons. However, it’s being reported that the artist was simply trying to create the portrait as a homage to the 1880 family portrait (pictured below) painted by Lauritz Tuxen. I’m not 100 percent convinced of this, but the similarities are certainly there.

I think what’s most perplexing about this portrait is the way Prince Christian is portrayed as putting his childhood behind him and already assuming the role of King-to-be. It just breaks your heart a little bit, especially when you know it was his own father that was sometimes found in the attic of Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen sobbing at even the young age of four that he didn’t want to be King. But it’s sadly not the first time a royal has had a tragic childhood, and probably not the last. Knowing the pressures Crown Prince Frederik himself endured, it’s hopeful that he has been of more help to Prince Christian than his Queen mother was to him.

Danish Royal Family Portrait 1880

The Future Kings and Queens of Europe

Future Kings and Queens of Europe

Future Kings and Queens of Europe As we wait for Prince George’s first official royal engagement to take place–a royal play group!–I figured it’d be a great time to introduce the future monarchs of Europe.

Starting with…

Princess Elisabeth of Belgium

Princess Élisabeth of Belgium

Born: 25 October 2001 (age 12) First in line of succession to her father, King Philippe of Belgium Princess-Catharina-Amalia

Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands

Born: 7 December 2003

Heiress apparent after her father, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. Princess Catharina-Amalia was a bridesmaid in the wedding of her godmother, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.

princess-ingrid-alexandra-of-norway

Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway

Born: 21 January 2004

Second in line to succession preceded by her father Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway, who is heir apparent of his father, Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway. Princess Ingrid was also a bridesmaid in the wedding of her godmother, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.

Prince Christian of Denmark

Prince Christian of Denmark

Born: 15 October 2005

Second in line of succession preceded by his father, Crown Prince Frederik, heir apparent to his mother, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Prince Christian was a page boy in the wedding of his godmother, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.

Infanta Leonor of Spain

Infanta Leonor of Spain

Born: 31 October 2005

Second in line of succession preceded by her father, Felipe, Prince of Asturias, heir apparent to his father, King Juan Carlos I of Spain.

Princess Estelle of Sweden

Princess Estelle of Sweden

Born: 23 February 2012

Second in line of succession preceded by her mother,  Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, heiress apparent to her father, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Prince George And of course…

Prince George of Cambridge

Born: 22 July 2013

Third in line of succession preceded by his father, Prince William, second in line to Prince Charles, heir apparent to his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

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