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Happy 8th birthday to the Lille Prince Henrik of Denmark!

HH Prince Henrik Carl Joachim Alain of Denmark, Count of Monpezat, was born on May 4th, 2009 at the Copenhagen University Hospital. He is the third and youngest son of Prince Joachim and the only son and first child of his second wife, Princess Marie. 

As with his brothers and cousins, his names were not revealed until his christening, which took place on 26 July 2009 at the Møgeltønder Church. At his christening he was named Henrik Carl Joachim Alain after his paternal grandfather; his father and his maternal grandfather. Henrik’s second name, Carl, is possibly after his last surviving great-granduncle, Count Carl Johan Bernadotte (1916-2012), who attended his christening. His godparents are the Crown Princess of Denmark (paternal aunt), Charles Cavallier and Benjamin Grandet (maternal uncles) Britt Davidsen Siesbye and Christian Scherfig. 

On 11 August 2015, he started school at St. Joseph Søstrenes Skole – a Catholic private school in Ordrup. 

As of May 2017, Henrik is ninth in the line of succession to the Danish throne.