Forsiden 08. jan 2011 KL. 12.37 opdateret 08. jan 2011 KL. 13.29
Royal twins born
Twins born to Denmark’s Crown couple
'This big' - a proud Crown Prince Frederik meets the press to tell of Crown Princess Mary's delivery of twins. - Foto: Finn Frandsen
Denmark’s Australia-born Crown Princess Mary gave birth to twins today, a boy and a girl.
“Mary has given birth to two healthy children. A boy first and then a girl,” Crown Prince Frederik told the assembled Danish and foreign press at the Rigshospitalet hospital in Copenhagen.
“The boy weighs 2,674 grammes. The boy is 47 centimetres and the girl is 46 centimetres. The first birth took place at 10.30 a.m.,” Crown Prince Frederik said.
“The mother and children are well, very well – and so is the father,” Crown Prince Frederik quipped, adding it had been ‘fantastic to be part of’ and that the delivery was ‘a miracle times two’.
The twins are the first twins born into the direct line of succession to the Danish monarchy since 1660 when the laws of succession were introduced.
Both newborns have dark hair.
Royal Consort Prince Henrik: "I am very proud and very, very happy".
“Both twins have dark hair and both cried out. I am so impressed at women and what you can manage,” the Crown Prince added.
“It is close to being unreal. You stand there with the first one, and the mother has to go on working, and then there’s a girl. Amazing,” the Crown Prince added, saying the couple had know for some time that the twins would be a girl and a boy.
The twins are Crown Prince Frederik’s and Crown Princess Mary’s third and fourth child. The couple already have Prince Christian, 5, and Princess Isabella, 3.
The Crown Prince added that the royal grandparents – Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik - had been informed. “She was happy that both births had gone well,” he said.
The Royal Consort Prince Henrik was the first visitor to the couple and their newborns. Arriving one-and-a-half hours after the delivery, French-born Prince Henrik said: “I am very proud and very, very happy”.
“I wanted to be the first to congratulate,” he said, adding the Queen and he had also known for some time that the twins would be a boy and a girl.
Crown Prince Frederik was asked whether the couple had plans for any more children, to which he replied: “That’s not something I’ll stand here and say. That is something my better half also has something to say about.”
From today, succession to the Danish throne currently held by Queen Margrethe II reads Crown Prince Frederik, the Crown couple’s firstborn Prince Christian, their second-born Princess Isabella, the male twin, the female twin and Crown Prince Frederik’s younger brother Prince Joachim.
Danish males who are first in line of succession have the tradition of alternately being called Frederik and Christian.