Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Princess Isabella's christening

1st of July 2007

Isabella's christening was a much more private affair than Christian's: she was baptized "at home", at the Fredensborg palace church.

In the morning some of the royal guests arrived at Fredensborg: Victoria of Sweden, Mathilde of Belgium and Haakon & Mette-Marit of Norway.

At 11:30 the ceremony started. It was broadcast live on Danish TV.

Mary wore a new dress by Birgit Hallstein and new Prada pumps.

She also wore new jewellery: a Marianne Dulong diamond, blue and pink sapphire necklace that was a gift from husband Frederik, and a new diamond ring.

The little princess had 6 sponsors:

- crown princess (now queen) Mathilde of Belgium
- princess Alexia of Greece
- Marie Louise Skeel
- Nadine Johnston, an Australian  friend of Mary.
- Christian von Buchwald
- Peter Heering

There were 140 guests who were treated to a luncheon after the ceremony at Fredensborg palace.

Queen Margrethe & prince Henrik

Princess Alexandra zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg & count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein Elgutt with their son Richard.


Prince Gustav von Berleburg & Carina Axelsson

Sponsors Peter Heering & crown princess Mathilde of Belgium.

More sponsors: (pregnant) princess Alexia of Greece, Nadine Johnston and Malou Skeel.

Baron Otto & baroness Helle Reedtz-Thott.

Anja Camilla Alajdi and her boyfriend, Steen Arnstrøm.

Søren Heedegaard & Preben Christensen

Chris Min Dohky and his wife Tanja.

Pernille & Michael Haslund-Christensen

John Donaldson & Susan Moody

Crown princess Victoria of Sweden and queen Anne Marie of Greece

Frederik's French cousin Guillaume Bardin with his wife and children Lorraine, Mathilde & Roxane.

Elisabeth von Buchwald, the wife of godfather Christian von Buchwald.

They brought along their children: 

Nadine Johnston, one of Isabella's sponsors.

Princess Benedikte

Baroness Caroline Iuel-Brockdorff & husband Rory Flemming

Ellen Hillingsø & Christoffer Castenskiold.

Peter Warnøe & Julia Tholstrup

Billionaire Mærsk McKinney Møller & his granddaughter Alette Mærsk McKinney Sørensen.

Baron Johan Wedell-Wedellsborg & his wife, baroness Rebecca Wedell-Wedellsborg.

Nanny Ann Alicia Thunbo

Lady-in-waiting Caroline Heering.

with husband Peter Heering (one of the sponsors) and Ulla Thornit, Per Thornit's wife.

Mary anounced the name of her daughter:

Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe
princess of Denmark, countess de Monpezat

Mary said afterwards that they found their inspiration for the name a few weeks before the birth, in a list of names of Danish Royals. Among them was Isabella of Austria and Spain (1501-1526, archduchess of Austria and infanta of Castilla y Aragón, queen of Denmark, Sweden and Norway as the wife of King Christian II. She was the daughter of King Felipe I and Juana la loca and the sister of Emperor Charles V. She was born at Brussels. She served as regent of Denmark in 1520.)

John Donaldson kept his grandson occupied.

The family posed outside after the ceremony.

Inside Fredensborg palace, official photos were made by Steen Brogaard.

Photographers saw Mary & Christian outside Kancellihuset, at the time of the reception.



  1. The necklace is made of diamonds and pink and blue sapphires by the Danish jewellery designer Marianne Dulong. The new diamond ring is from the same designer :)

  2. Thanks once again! I'll add the info :-)


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