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Sunday, January 22, 2006

CNN.com - Danish prince in�line�christened - Jan 22, 2006

Danish prince in�line�christened -

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- The baby prince in line to be the future king of Denmark was baptized at a Copenhagen chapel packed with royals, government officials and other dignitaries.
The 3-month-old son of Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik and Australian-born Crown Princess Mary was christened Christian Valdemar Henri John by the Lutheran bishop of the Danish capital.
Some 300 guests and the eight godparents, including the heirs to the thrones of Norway and Sweden, attended the ceremony at the neoclassical Christiansborg Palace Chapel in the heart of the snow-covered city.
The name Christian came as no surprise. Denmark has a four-century-old tradition of alternating between Christian and Frederik as names of Danish kings.
Two earlier Danish kings were named Valdemar, while Henri is the birth name of Frederik's French-born father, the husband of Queen Margrethe. John is the name of Mary's father, John Donaldson.
Young Prince Christian, who is second in line to the throne after his father, was awake during the first part of the ceremony but closed his eyes and slept blissfully in Mary's arms shortly after Bishop Erik Norman Svendsen splashed water on his forehead.
"He is very quiet and easy. He has really grown a lot," Mary told reporters after the ceremony.
The baby prince wore a christening robe made for his namesake, King Christian X, when he was baptized in 1870. The baptismal font, made of silver and partially gold-plated, has been used for royal christenings in Denmark since 1671.
A few hundred people gathered outside the chapel to catch a glimpse of the royals, braving a chilly breeze that made the temperature of minus 1 degree Celsius (30 Fahrenheit) feel a lot colder.
Frederik, 37, and 33-year-old Mary, who wore a printed dress and a light-blue jacket and off-white flowers in her hair, were in charge of arrangements at the 19th century chapel, which was decorated with grape hyacinths and narcissi, blue and white French anemones and blue African lilies.
The Danish government gave Christian a 5-year-old Welsh Mountain Pony. Other gifts included two Tasmanian devils from Mary's native island of Tasmania and a vintage tram from Melbourne, which will be put on display in a museum west of Copenhagen.
The godparents of the prince, who one day is set to become King Christian XI, are: Norway's Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit; Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden; Frederik's younger brother Prince Joachim and his cousin Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece; Mary's older sister, Jane Stephens; and two friends Hamish Campbell and Jeppe Handwerk.
Other guests included Greece's exiled king, Constantine, and his Danish-born wife Queen Anne-Marie, the sister of Queen Margrethe; Prince Laurent and Princess Mathilde of Belgium; and Prince Constantijn and his wife Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands.
Mary Donaldson married Frederik in a lavish fairytale wedding in May 2004 at Copenhagen's Lutheran Cathedral. The couple met in a bar during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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