Tuesday 8 August 2023

Prince Christian of Denmark's 18th Birthday Celebration (2023)

Photo: Franne Voigt ©

Prince Christian of Denmark celebrates his 18th Birthday on October 15th, 2023. This is an extra special occasion as it marks his age of majority. Reaching the age of majority is important to heirs to the throne (or heirs to the heir) as they become an adult and legally would be able to ascend the throne without a regent. This also means Prince Christian can perform other duties like act as regent. 

Order of Elephant
  • Morning of his 18th Birthday, Prince Christian was given the order of the Elephant by his grandmother Queen Margrethe. 
  • Info about Order

Changing of the Guards
  • Sunday, October 15th at Noon
    • Balcony Appearance at Frederik VIII’s Palace with Queen and Crown Prince Family
Gala Dinner at Christiansborg Palace
  • Sunday, October 15th at 5 PM
  • Attending
    • Denmark Royal Family 
      • (Count Nikolai was unable to attend as he was studying in Australia)
    • Youth from the world of sports, art and culture
    • Representatives from youth organizations
    • 2 youth representatives from each of Denmark's municipalities as well as Greenland and the Faroe Islands
  • Confirmed Foreign Royals (Godparents bolded)
    • Princess Elisabeth of Belgium 
    • Queen Anne-Marie of Greece (Great-aunt)
      • Crown Prince Pavlos & Princess Marie-Chantal
    • Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands
    • Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
      • Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway
    • Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel of Sweden 
      • Princess Estelle
    • Prince Gustav and Princess Carina of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
This is not a state occasion. Foreign royals in attendance are attending in a personal capacity. 
  • Dress Code
    • White Tie with Honors and Tiaras
Council of State Meeting
  • Tuesday, November 14th at 9:30 AM
    • Christian will make solemn declaration that he will abide by the Constitution. 
    • Christian will be appointed as one of the regents, and able to perform certain duties when the Monarch is ill or out of the country. 
    • (Prince Christian will not have a seat in the Council of State until his father's accession, as the Council of state does not include the heir to the heir).