Following royal tradition, His Highness Prince Nikolai was confirmed at 11:30 this morning in Fredensborg Castle Chapel where several generations of royal heirs have been confirmed throughout the years. As Daisy's eldest grandson, Nikolai was the beneficiary - even if at his age he doesn't think so - of Farmor's royal spotlight and was confirmed solo in front of his family, friends and godparents.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex made the trip, Crown Prince Frederik was also at his side, as were the other godparents Peter Steenstrup, Camilla Bredholt and Nicola Baird, his maternal aunt. About 40 guests were present, according to BT. Edward and Sophie arrived Friday and stayed overnight in the psychedelic palace in Copenhagen. That's interesting, considering Kancellihuset is at Fredensborg where all the events take place. So, Mary's at Kancellihuset so that the kids have room to frolick, and Fred's staying at Amalienborg? I guess that's how they divvied it up. Or it was just a way for Mary to keep the royal gargoyles away from the British royals lest they judge their badly mannered behaviour?
Alexandra looks wonderful, and very proud. Martin's suit is still a smidge too small, Marie looks great, and fine with the spotlight being on others. Martin's parents were also there, a nice touch since his father has produced so many royal films, including the Marymentary. Grandmother Christa Manley was also there with her third daughter Martina.
Berlingske was so impressed, they put a photo gallery and article on their front page!
Video: Danish Royal Website
Prince Nikolai Was Confirmed Alone
The traditions of the royal family were followed to the letter today, when Prince Nikolai as the eldest grandson Saturday was confirmed in Fredensborg Palace Church.
Like his father and uncle, Nikolai was also confirmed at age 13. And Joachim and Alexandra's eldest son is also the only confirmand, which was confirmed in the white chapel Saturday. For such is the tradition for the Danish royal family.But it is not as strange or elevated as it seems according to the royal family's priest and royal confessor, Erik Norman Svendsen."It is an old tradition that the royal family will be confirmed separately. But what I think is a sensible decision. For anyone may well imagine what will happen to an ordinary communion Sunday in an ordinary church if the entire royal family entered. So it was no longer confirmed children who were in the centre but the family," says Erik Norman Svendsen.The royal confirmations occurs only in the presence of the immediate family and in very private forms - thus, when Prince Nikolai today stepped into the adult world by confirming his baptism in the Christian faith."The confirmation is in itself the same way as the day his companions were confirmed in the Garrison Church. I hold course a speech to the confirmand, the priest always does this, but here it becomes to him alone. And it can not be avoided becoming more personal", told Norman Svendsen before confirmation, which he calls completely normal.As Norman Svendsen was the royal family's priest until 2008, this is how he got to know Nikolai. But it is been in the confirmation classes, which he has given that the priest has gotten closer to Joachim and Alexandra's oldest son."He is both smart and cute. He has picked up so much in class. He is not afraid to ask questions. And he has been engaged. So it has been a pleasure," says Erik Norman Svendsen, who also participated in the confirmation lunch at Fredensborg Palace immediately after the ecclesiastical event.
Prince Joachim in 1982
Outside Fredensborg Chapel
Joachim with Ingrid and his French grandparents André and Renée Laborde de Monpezat
Derf was confirmed in 1981
Outside Fredensborg Chapel
Finally, something he got to do without Joachim
Leaving Fredensborg Chapel
Daisy was confirmed in 1955
Ingrid, King Frederik and Benedikte at Fredensborg Chapel in 1959
Princess Benedikte at Fredensborg Chapel
Anne-Marie on her way to Church in 1961
Anne-Marie family portrait at Amalienborg
Princess Elisabeth in 1950 with her younger brothers, Ingolf and Christian
Confirmation photo of King Christian's sons Frederik and Knud in 1915
Derf's grandfather, Prince Frederik in his 1915 confirmation photo
Crown Prince Olaf of Norway with his paternal grandparents, Prince Harald and Princess Helena of Denmark
Photos: Torkil Adsersen