Saturday, October 15, 2005

Good luck Denmark

The seventh generation heir to the throne was born about 5 hours ago.

The China Post:

"Denmark's Crown Princess Mary gave birth early Saturday to a boy who is second in line to the throne of Europe's oldest reigning monarchy, the royal palace said.

Australian-born Mary gave birth to the boy at 1:57 a.m. Saturday (2357 GMT Friday) at the Copenhagen University Hospital, two weeks before her scheduled due date, the palace said. Both mother and child were doing fine, it said.

The boy was 51 centimeters (20 inches) and weighed 3.5 kilograms (7.7 pounds), Hofchef court chamberlain Per Thornit, head of Crown Prince Frederik's court, said in the statement. Deres Kongelige Højheder Kronprinsparrets Hofstat

His name is likely to be Christian. Since Christian II, who died in 1559, Danish kings have alternately carried the name Christian or Frederik.

Mary Donaldson, 33, who was born in Hobart, on the island of Tasmania, married Crown Prince Frederik, Queen Margrethe's eldest son, in a lavish ceremony in May 2004 at Copenhagen's Lutheran Cathedral. The couple met in a bar during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Frederik, 37, is next in line to the throne.

Like its Scandinavian neighbors Norway and Sweden, Denmark is a constitutional monarchy where the royals have only ceremonial functions.

In line with a Danish tradition to mark a royal birth, 21 gun shots will be fired at noon (1000 GMT) Saturday from batteries in Copenhagen and from the Kronborg Castle, north of the capital. In the evening, the Danish Home Guard will light some 350 bonfires across the country. "
Lørdag 15. oktober 2005
Det blev en Prins

failed post to ABC Tasmania radio news
heard on Danmarks Radio

the Danish Government will continue with constitutional reform making the heir of the throne the first born girl or boy.

But this is now seen as not urgent and may take 3 to 5 years to get done


Hugh Watkins

resident in Copenhagen, Denmark

researching LAPHAM families in Tasmania too


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