Denmark’s Count Henrik Confirmed in Parisian church – Royal Central

Denmark’s Count Henrik was Confirmed in Frederikskirken – The Danish Church in Paris, on 18 May.

Bishop Henrik Wigh-Poulsen performed the ceremony with the assistance of Frederikskirken’s minister, Malene Bendtsen.

A private celebration took place after the morning Confirmation.

The Count, who held the title of Prince of Denmark until 1 January of this year, was Confirmed in front of his parents, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie; his older half-brothers, Count Nikolai and Count Felix and his younger sister, Countess Athena.

From right to left: Count Nikolai, Princess Marie, Countess Athena, Count Henrik, Prince Joachim and Count Felix. Photo: Emmanuel Aguirre

His uncle and aunt, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary were in attendance alongside their four children, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine. Mary is one of Henrik’s godparents, alongside his maternal uncles, Charles Cavallier and Benjamin Grandet, family friend Christian Scherfig and his mother’s lady-in-waiting Britt Davidsen Siesbye.

Henrik’s paternal grandmother, Queen Margrethe, did not attend; she is slowly recovering from an extensive back surgery that took place earlier this year and just returned to light royal duties last month.

Count Henrik with his parents. Photo: Emmanuel Aguirre

French-born Princess Marie’s family was in the church to support the young royal during his religious ceremony.

The Royal Court released three official images after the Confirmation to mark the special day. One photo is from the service, while the other two feature Henrik with his parents and siblings.

Count Henrik only just turned 14 on 4 May. He was born HH Prince Henrik, but Queen Margrethe revoked the princely titles and Highness style from her grandchildren through her son, Prince Joachim, on 1 January to streamline the monarchy.

Henrik was baptised on 26 July 2009 at Møgeltønder Church, where his name was revealed as Henrik Carl Joachim Alain following Danish royal tradition.

He will relocate from Paris to Washington D.C. later this year when his father takes up a role at the Danish Embassy under the Ministry of Defence.

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