Prince Christian, a future King of Denmark, is set to celebrate his 18th birthday with a gala dinner later this month.
The Danish Royal Household has already posted a video teaser of courtiers sending out the invitations, with guests expected to include notable young people and representatives from youthorganisations.
Leading royals from around Europe are also expected, including, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Christian’s godmother, with her daughterPrincess Estelle, 11.
But the real question is this: after all those dating rumours, will Princess Marie Chiara of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies be invited to the dinner, hosted by Queen Margrethe, whichtakes place at the Christiansborg Palace in a fortnight’s time?
Preparations for Prince Christian of Denmark’s 18th birthday gala are officially under way
Speculation brewing as to which royals will be present. Pictured: Princesses Maria-Carolina and Maria Chiara of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies. There was speculation earlier this year that Christian and Chiara were close
Christian is second-in-line to the throne of Denmark behind his his father, Crown Prince Fredrick, left. His mother, Princess Mary, stands on the other side
Rumours that Chiara, 18, and Christian were close began when the two were pictured together at the Monaco grand prix earlier this year.
Neither her sister, Princess Carolina, nor mother, Duchess Camilla, did anything to dispel the rumours.
The three women maintained a heavy Instagram presence over the summer, with Camilla – nicknamed the ‘Momager’ – snapped in the company of Prince Michael of Kent at an exclusive beachside bar on the Cote d’Azur.
Eventually Chiara took to Instagram and appeared to dismiss the speculation, saying ‘while we all enjoy dreaming of fairytales, what truly matters is reality.’
She added that ‘at first, this situation made me smile’ as she further discussed the ‘inaccurate information’.
Chiara told Italian paper Corriere: ‘We’ve known each other since we were little, my father Carlo is godfather to his younger sister.’
Her father Prince Carlo holds a claim to the now defunct throne of the former House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, a cadet branch of the Spanish royal family. While, her mother, Duchess Camilla, is the daughter of Italian industry Tycoon Camilla Crociani.
Speculation that Christian and Chiara were were dating began in May when a group photo emerged on social media of the duo, far right, standing close together at the Monaco Grand Prix
Pictured: Princess Camilla de Bourbon Siciles (centre) known as the ‘Momager’ with her daughters Maria Carolina and Maria Chiara at in October 2019 in Paris, France
Crown Princess Victoria , one of Christians godparents, has confirmed her invitation. Pictured: Prince Christian (right) at the wedding ofCrown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel
(L-R) Prince Vincent, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Danish Crown Prince Frederik, Princess Josephine and Crown Princess Mary pose in front of the Palace in April 2022
The guest list seems likely to include young royals from other European households – particularly those from Scandinavia.
Possible guests include Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands, 19,Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway, 19, Princess Leonor of Spain, 17,and Princesses Elisabeth, 21, of Belgium.
In November,Prince Christian will formally promise to uphold the countrys constitution, an important step forward in his journey as a king-in-waiting.
Norway’s Princess Ingrid Alexandra, front and centre, with (back row from left) Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange and Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant and (front from left) Princess Estelle of Sweden (and Prince Charles of Luxembourg. The portrait was taken last year to mark Ingrid Alexandra’s 18th birthday
Princess Josephine, Prince Vincent and Prince Christian of Denmark are pictured with their grandmother Queen Margrethe on the balcony of theAmalienborg Palace in April 2022
Crown Prince Frederik, Prince Christian, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine stand by the gangplank to the Royal yacht in September 2022
Christian was born on October 15, 2005,at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen,and is known by his title of Count of Monpezat.
He is second-in-line to the throne of Denmark behind his grandmother, Queen Margrethe, and his father.
Crown Princess Mary and Prince Frederik chose to keep their son’s upbringing relatively private in his early years.
It wasn’t until 2012 that Christian attended his first official royal engagement with his grandmother, the Queen.
Christian became the first Danish royal to attend a public state school, Tranegrdskolen in Hellerup, and his siblings,Princess Isabella of Denmark, 15, andPrince Vincent and Princess Josephine, 10, joined him in the years that followed.
At the start of 2020, all four of the royal children began a 12-week program at the Lemania-Verbier International School in Switzerland. But, just weeks into their studies the COVID-19 pandemic hit and they returned to Denmark.
Crown Princess Mary and Prince Frederik chose to keep their son’s upbringing relatively private in his early years. Pictured: With his fatherat Amalienborg Palace in April 2016
Frederik and Mary of Denmark pose for photographs with their son Christian on his first day of School in August 2011
Christian is currently undertaking the final years of his education at Ordrup Gymnasium, a state school in Copenhagen.
In June, Christian announced we would forgo his royal allowance to instead focus on his education.
We will wait until he is 21 before becoming a full-time royal.