Friday, May 8, 2009

The New Prince of Denmark

Balloons and flags bobbed cheerfully over the entrance to Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, as Denmark's newest little prince was presented to the public by his overjoyed parents Princess Marie and her husband Prince Joachim, the younger son of Queen Margrethe II.

Cradled in his mother's arms, the tiny royal - who's seventh in line to the throne - snoozed peacefully through the photocall, blissfully unaware of all the excitement his arrival has generated.

Most of the attention was naturally focused on the little cutie, but onlookers were obviously anxious to know how Marie, a first-time mum, was feeling. She certainly was looking radiant - indeed, some commented that Joachim was looking more exhuasted than she!

The French-born royal waved happily to the crowd and answered questions in Danish, which she's been learning since her wedding last summer. She said that her son's name is a secret for the moment and that he will be bilingual.

Her proud husband Joachim - father to two boys from his previous marriage - then drove mother and child to Amalienborg Palace.

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