Crown Princess Mary and husband Crown Prince Frederik often share sweet, personal photographs of their four children with the public, and the Australian-born member of royalty shared two new snaps on Wednesday in honour of their young twins’ birthday.
The Danish royal family shared the cheeky new images of Princess Josephine and her twin brother Prince Vincent on their social media accounts, wishing the royal pair a happy birthday.
One of the photographs shows the twins – who also have two older siblings Prince Christian, 14, and Princess Isabella, 12 – playing with each other as Vincent plants a kiss on his sister’s cheek, who has a very mischievous expression on her face. While the other snap shows the pair grinning at the camera as they hug each other tightly.
A statement on the Det Danske Kongehus Instagram page read: “Their Royal Highnesses Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine are nine years old today. In connection with the birthday, it is a pleasure for the Crown Prince couple to share a number of new pictures of the Prince and Princess. The pictures have been taken in recent months and can be seen on the Royal House website.”
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🇩🇰 🇩🇰 Deres Kongelige Højheder Prins Vincent og Prinsesse Josephine fylder i dag ni år. I forbindelse med fødselsdagen er det en glæde for Kronprinsparret at dele en række nye billeder af Prinsen og Prinsessen. Billederne er taget de seneste måneder og kan ses på Kongehusets hjemmeside. Fotos: H.K.H. Kronprinsessen ©️
Royal fans were quick to wish the pair a happy birthday, with one person commenting: “Congratulations to the twins!” Another said: “Aah some cute pictures. And congratulations!”
While another commented: “He looks like his grandfather.”
Earlier this week, the Danish royals shared a family photograph of Mary and Frederik with all four of their children. The snaps were taken in the Swiss town of Verbier, as it was revealed that the royal couple have enrolled their children into an international school there for a period of three months.
According to a statement released online, which the couple hope the stint will give Prince Christian, Princess Isabella and the twins a “common experience”.
A post on the Det Danske Kongehus Instagram page said: “In the village of Verbier in the Swiss Alps, Your Royal Highnesses Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine today began a 12-week school break at the Lemania-Verbier International School.
“With the school stay, the Crown Prince couple wants to give their children a common experience in an international environment.”
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🇨🇭🏔 I landsbyen Verbier i de schweiziske alper indledte Deres Kongelige Højheder Prins Christian, Prinsesse Isabella, Prins Vincent og Prinsesse Josephine i dag et 12-ugers skoleophold på den internationale skole Lemania-Verbier. Med skoleopholdet ønsker Kronprinsparret at give deres børn mulighed for en fælles oplevelse i et internationalt miljø. I forbindelse med skolestarten stillede Kronprinsfamilien i morges op til fotografering for danske og udenlandske medier. 📸 Ida Guldbæk Arentsen, Ritzau Scanpix og Dana Press ©️
Princess Mary also penned an emotional open letter this week to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the people of her native Australia, in which she said that the resolve and attitude of those affected has made her feel proud to be Australian.
“In this time of great hardship caused by the ruthless bush fires, my husband and I would like to convey our warmest wishes to the Australian people as we enter a new year,” Princess Mary wrote, in a letter published on the Danish royal family’s website.
“Our heartfelt condolences to the families who have lost loved ones and our deepest sympathy to the many families who have lost their homes – their livelihoods.
“When the immediate crisis subsides and people can begin to return from where they have fled, our thoughts and concerns will remain with the affected local communities, as it will undoubtedly take great efforts and time for them to rebuild what has been lost.”
The mother-of-four added: “The courage and unyielding efforts of the volunteer firefighters have our deepest respect and admiration.
“Following from afar, it makes me proud of my Australian heritage to witness the strong sense of community and the Australian spirit of ’never giving up’ in the face of such devastation and adversity.”