Princess Mary’s adorable twins have turned eight, and in new photos released by the Danish royal family, they look exactly like their mother.
Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine can be seen adorably smiling in the shots, which appear to have been taken in a wood, as the two are surrounded by towering trees.
Wearing cute jumpers, the palace marked the very special occasion with individual snaps of the pair, which were then uploaded to the official Danish royals Instagram page.
“Today DKH Prince Prince and Princess Josephine are eight years old, and on the occasion of the birthday, the Crown Prince Couple has the pleasure of sharing a number of new pictures of your Royal Highnesses H H HRH Crown Princess.” [sic] the post read.
Despite their blonde locks, there’s no denying that the youngest children of Prince Frederik and Princess Mary look almost identical to their 46-year-old Australian mother,
Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine were born in Copenhagen in 2011 and a 21-gun salute was fired from the Navel Base in Copenhagen on the day of their birth.
Vincent is older by 26 minutes, and the twins have older siblings Christian, 13, and Isabella, 11.
Proud dad Prince Frederik spoke to the press in the foyer of Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet hospital one day after the twins’ births in 2011.
He revealed that both babies had dark hair and joked ‘there should be no doubt over who are the parents’.
“I give all my love, appreciation and acknowledgement to my wife,” he said.
“I can only take a bow to women because of what you can achieve like that. It is absolutely impressive.”
The dashing prince also revealed that he had cried during the birth of the twins.
The new photos come months after it was reported that Princess Mary is in ‘Queen training’ as she prepares to take over the throne.
Crown Princess Mary, who wed Prince Fredeik in a lavish ceremony in 2004, is apparently being put through her paces by none other than Queen Margrethe, who is said to be keen to prepare the royal for her new role.
Indeed, there have been mumblings amongst royal insiders for months about Princess Mary and Prince Frederik taking over the throne.
“When Queen Margrethe brings Mary to an event she has been attending herself for years, it is her very clear way of saying to her daughter-in-law ‘This is something you will be taking on yourself one day’,” a royal insider previously told Woman’s Day.
Princess Mary’s husband, Prince Frederik, is first in line to the Danish throne and if his mother were to decide to abdicate, he would be the next king, making Princess Mary his queen.
Indeed, the 77-year-old Queen’s decision to abdicate wouldn’t be a big surprise to many, as she has herself suffered with her health in the last few years.
Last year, it was speculated that Queen Margrethe may actually abdicate on New Year’s Eve and was set to announce her decision in her New Year’s Eve speech, however that didn’t come to fruition.
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