Tuesday 26 December 2006

Christmas photos from Fredensborg

Photo by Tariq Mikkel Khan of POLFOTO

The family photos from Fredensborg Palace on Christmas Day. Princess Alexandra zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, husband Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth and children Friedrich and Ingrid have not attended the family get-together because a close family member of Jefferson has recently died of cancer and they have stayed with his family in Paris. When asked about Christian's forehead, Crown Princess Mary told TV2 and DRTV that Christian is learning to walk and had a spill!

The following photos are taken by Tariq Mikkel Khan of POLFOTO:

They are rear, left to right: Carina Axelsson, Gustav, Nathalie, Joachim, Mary, Christian, Frederik, Philippos, Theodora, Nicholaos, Odusseus-Kimon, Marie-Chantal, Carlos Morales, Alexia, Carlos. Middle, left to right: Benedikte, Richard, Margrethe, Henrik, Anne-Marie, Constantine. Front row, left to right: Felix, Nikolai, Constantine-Alexios, Anna-Maria, Maria-Olympia, Arrietta, Achileas-Andreas. Henrik's dog Vega also put in an appearance.

B.T. (in Danish) 'Kongelig jul i Fredensborg'
TV2 (in Danish) 'Kongefamilien i ren juleidyl'
TV2 Sputnik in the bulletin at 13:40
DR.dk clip (1:10)

Added: The Hobart Mercury:

Prince of Wails crowns year with tumble

December 28, 2006 12:00am

PRINCE Christian is proudly sporting a whopping great bruise on his crown -- a war wound from learning to walk.
Princess Mary has explained to the Danish media that her 14-month-old son has taken to his feet and, almost as quickly, taken a spill.
Prince Christian took his first tentative public steps last month at a wildlife park near Hobart, clasping his father's hand.
The day before, the curious heir to the Royal throne had earned the nickname Prince of Wails, bumping his crown on the Salamanca Place fountain.
But on Christmas Day at the family's spring and autumn palace, near Copenhagen, the accident-prone toddler was firmly in his mother's arms.
His mum and dad had hosted the family at their private residence in the palace gardens the night before for some Christmas Eve cheer.
Princess Mary spent Christmas day with her regal in-laws at the 17th-century baroque Fredensborg Palace, where her wedding reception was held in 2004.
The four-months pregnant Crown Princess and 34 others feasted on rice porridge with whole almond, Russian caviar and goose with chestnuts.
After their evening Christmas feast, the family gathered around a grand Christmas tree in the palace's vast dome hall for photos.
Queen Margrethe, who is considered a talented artist, had decorated the tree herself and even designed the ornaments.
The multi-lingual family traditionally gathers around the tree to sing carols in Danish, English and French.


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