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Arguably one of the best Ruby Jubilee presents Queen Margrethe of Denmark could have received was the birth of her eighth grandchild, who was born this morning at 8:27 am Denmark time (9 hours ahead of Pacific Time), according to the official royal press release.

Prince Joachim of Denmark

Photo by Niels Meilvang, Scanpix; courtesy the Danish Monarchy

The princess is the second child for Princess Marie and the fourth for Prince Joachim, who has two boys from his first marriage to Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg. This is the first daughter for the couple; she joins big brothers Prince Nikolai, Prince Felix, and Prince Henrik.

Joachim met the press shortly after his daughter’s birth to share the news. He and Marie are overjoyed to have a girl, and according to him, she looks like her mother.

No name has been announced yet, as it is Danish tradition that a child’s name is not announced until the christening, some time later. The princess’ twin cousins, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, were born in January last year, but their names weren’t known until the following April. In the meantime, a nickname is usually settled on for news about the baby. The Danish press dubbed Prince Christian “Lilleprinsen” (Little Prince) and Princess Isabella “Lillepigen” (Little Girl). Should further news on Joachim and Marie’s little one arise, I’ll probably call her “Lillepigen,” too.

Tillykke to Joachim and Marie on the birth of their daughter.

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