Danish Crown Couple Welcomes Twin Children

Denmark_Crown_CoupleThe Crown Prince of Denmark announced the arrival of the royal twins Saturday, January 8. He and his wife now have four children.

“It’s a miracle,” said Crown Prince Frederick. “It’s two small hearts to keep an eye on.”

The twins, a boy and a girl, were born 26 minutes apart with the boy delivered first at 10:30 AM local time. Their names are still to be announced.

Due to a change in 2009 for the succession from male-preference primogeniture to absolute cognatic primogeniture (that is eldest child regardless of gender), the children will place as fourth (for the boy) and fifth (for the girl) in line to the throne and the boy will not be displacing his elder sister Princess Isabella, aged 3.  The eldest child, Prince Christian, second in line, is five years old.

Grandparents Queen Margrethe II and John Donaldson (Princess Mary’s father) were delighted for their new grandchildren.

According to John Donaldson, the new royal twins are due to visit Australia by Christmas. Crown Princess Mary was born in Hobart, Tasmania.