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Danish princess named Isabella July 1, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in The Royals.

The daughter of Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Australian-born Crown Princess Mary has been named Isabella in an intimate christening ceremony in Denmark.

The little princess has been christened Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe. Princess Mary revealed the name at the service at Fredensborg Palace Church, north of Copenhagen, attended by the Danish royal family and members of Europe’s royal houses.

In keeping with Danish tradition, Princess Isabella was given three other names: Henrietta, after Mary’s late mother Henrietta Donaldson, Ingrid after Frederik’s maternal grandmother and Margrethe after Frederik’s mother, Queen Margrethe. Born on April 21, Princess Isabella is third in line to the throne, after her father and older brother, two-year-old Prince Christian.

The name of the little princess was kept secret until the christening ceremony, also in keeping with Danish tradition. Even Bishop Erik Norman Svendsen, who performed the baptisms of both Princess Isabella and Prince Christian, was not informed until the last minute. “Luckily I haven’t known it for long and hence it hasn’t been difficult to keep quiet about the little princess’ name,” the bishop told the congregation. “It is an old tradition to keep the name a secret until the day of baptism even if both parents and the minister already know the name.”

Princess Mary, 35, who was wearing a mauve dress, held her daughter during the baptism. Prince Frederik, 39, was nearby, holding Prince Christian. Among the friends and family on the guest list were Princess Mathilde of Belgium and Princess Alexia of Greece, who are both godmothers to the new princess. The other godparents are the couple’s friends Dr Nadine Johnston, Christian Buchwald, Peter Heering and Marie Louise Skeel.

Frederik’s parents, Queen Margrethe II and Prince Consort Henrik, were present as was Mary’s father, John Donaldson with his wife Susan. Her Scottish-born Australian father now lives in Denmark, where he works as a mathematics lecturer at the University of Aarhus. Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria, Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit were also in attendance.

The little princess wore the family christening robe, also worn by Christian and her father Frederik, made of lace and ordered for the baptism of Prince Christian, who later became King Christian X in 1870. She had the same royal baptismal font as all other royal children in Denmark since 1671, which is made of silver and is partially gilt, according to the official Danish Monarchy website.

After the ceremony, which was broadcast live on Danish TV, the royal family stepped outside of the palace to greet throngs of well-wishers waving Danish and Australian flags. Princess Mary held the sleeping princess, shielding her face from the sun, while Prince Frederik carried Prince Christian on his arm.

The ceremony included performances by the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir, accompanied by harpists and the Brass Ensemble of the Royal Guards. About 140 guests attended the ceremony, which was a low-key affair compared to that of Prince Christian.

Christian’s birth on October 15, 2005 caused enormous fuss and excitement in Denmark and Australia. Danish royals traditionally receive four names, after their grandparents and ancestors. Bookies had said the money was on Margrethe, after the Danish queen, while other favourites were Henrietta after Princess Mary’s mother, who died of a heart condition in 1997, and Ingrid, after the Swedish-born Queen Ingrid who died in 2000.

Princess Mary’s sisters Jane Stephens and Patricia Bailey, who live in Hobart, and her brother John Donaldson, from Western Australia, did not attend the christening. The Tasmanian government has honoured the close link created when Crown Prince Frederik married Mary Donaldson in 2004 with gifts celebrating the birth of their children.

A beautiful custom-made white gold and red enamel charm bracelet, made to fit her daughter’s tiny wrist at the christening, was last week sent express post from the state to Denmark. It features the red and white colours of the Danish flag, depicted in small white-gold apple seeds and nine red hearts. The government presented Copenhagen Zoo with two healthy Tasmanian Devils when Christian was born, along with some custom-made suede booties.

Princess Mary, who was born and raised in Hobart, met her husband in a pub during the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, where she worked as sales director with a real estate agency.

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