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What are Princess Mary's kids doing now?

As Prince Christian turns 18, find out what he and his royal siblings are up to these days.

When Australian Princess Mary married into the Danish Royal Family, the interest in what was going on in the small Scandinavian country changed forever for most Aussies.

Now she has four children with Crown Prince Frederik, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, and twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine.

The Danish Royal family - Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary with Princes Vincent and Christian and Princesses Josephine and Isabella in Tasmania
The Danish Royal family – Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary with Princes Vincent and Christian and Princesses Josephine and Isabella in Tasmania. Photo: Instagram/@detdanskekongehus

Crown Prince Frederik, the eldest son of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe ll, will become King one day with Australian Mary becoming Queen of Denmark. And in turn, the eldest Christian will one day take over from his father as King of Denmark.

The Danish royals on the balcony of Amalienborg Palace to celebrate the 83rd birthday of Danish Queen Margrethe ll.
The Danish royals on the balcony of Amalienborg Palace to celebrate the 83rd birthday of Danish Queen Margrethe ll. Photo: Getty Images

While that may be some time off yet, Christian is turning 18 this month and with that, he will start official duties himself.

The Danish Royal children after the One Mile Family Run during the Royal Run event in Copenhagen in May.
All four of the Danish royal children ran the One Mile Family Run during the Royal Run event in Copenhagen in May. Photo: Getty Images

But he and his siblings have been in the public eye since their birth and have been involved in official family events, such as the annual Royal Run in Copenhagen each year and are often photographed on holiday and for senior royal events.

So what will happen for Christian when he turns 18 and what are his siblings up to now?

Prince Christian

On Sunday, October 15, 2023, His Royal Highness Prince Christian turns 18. As he will be King one day, his birthday will be officially recognised and celebrated in Denmark.

On his birthday, Prince Christian will appear on Frederik VIII's Palace, Amalienborg's balcony at midday - just like both his father and grandmother did when they turned 18.

Prince Christian will have the Queen and his family by his side on the balcony where they will watch a change of guard at Amalienborg.

In the evening, the Queen will host a gala dinner at Christiansborg Castle, where they will host a selection of the country's youth organisations as well as young people who have marked themselves in the world of sports, art and culture – Prince Christian's contemporaries.

Official portrait of Prince Christian of Denmark for his 18th birthday and images from the official documentary, Prince Christian – A Royal Journey.
Prince Christian of Denmark turns 18 on Sunday, October 15. To celebrate this, he participated in an official documentary, Prince Christian – A Royal Journey. Photo: Instagram/@detdanskekongehus

The night before Christian's birthday, Danish television will broadcast a documentary about Christian's life, interviewing the Prince for the programme, where he will share what he has learned so far about a number of institutions in Danish society, such as Parliament, the Supreme Court, the church and the defence forces, that he will serve as Prince, Crown Prince and finally King.

Finally at 9.30am on Tuesday, November 14, Prince Christian will be appointed a head of state which involves him swearing an oath to comply with the Danish constitution. Prince Christian will not get a seat in the State Council until a change of throne has taken place.

Princess Isabella

Known as Bella to her family, Her Royal Highness Princess Isabella, 16, has just started high school. High school in Denmark is in years 10 to 12 and is called Gymnasium.

Princess Isabella, 16, at her confirmation, doing the Royal Run and at the Danish Royal Theatre in Copenhagen to attend the 50th anniversary of Danish Queen Margrethe II's accession to the throne.
Princess Isabella, 16, known to her family as Bella, has just started year 10 in the Danish school system. Photo: Getty Images

While Princess Isabella attended primary school in central Copenhagen, not too far from the palace, after her 2023 summer holidays, she started high school at Øregård Gymnasium in Hellerup, an outer suburb of Copenhagen.

She's also seen as a rising fashionista, sometimes borrowing clothes from her mother's wardrobe for formal occasions.

People magazine reported that she wore a white blazer and matching trousers for her confirmation that Princess Mary had worn during a 2017 visit to Stockholm.

Princess Josephine

Her Royal Highness Princess Josephine, 12, has just started year six at Kildegård private school near Isabella's school in Hellerup.

Princess Josephine in her official portrait for her 12th birthday earlier this year and on the balcony of Amalienborg Palace.
Princess Josephine in her official portrait for her 12th birthday earlier this year and on the balcony of Amalienborg Palace. Photo: Getty Images & Instagram/@detdanskekongehus

In keeping with family fashion traditions, it seems that Princess Josephine raids older sister Bella's wardrobe as well, wearing one of her pink dresses to Isabella's confirmation.

Prince Vincent

While it was announced that his twin sister Josephine would change schools this year (the European academic year begins in late August) no announcement was made about His Royal Highness Prince Vincent, 12, so it is assumed he is staying at Tranegårdskolen in the Danish capital.

Prince Vincent's official12th birthday portrait and with his brother Christian and father Crown Prince Frederik.
Prince Vincent's official 12th birthday portrait, and with his brother Christian and father Crown Prince Frederik. Photo: Instagram/@detdanskekongehus

In this year's Royal Run, a charity fun run that Crown Prince Frederik started in 2018 and that the whole family takes part in, Prince Vincent decided to train for the 10-kilometre race through Copenhagen with his father, the pair sharing a cute reel on Insta showing their training and featuring A-Ha's Take On Me.

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