Danish and Greek royals release rare photo of their family Christmas

The Danish and Greek royals came together this Christmas to celebrate the festive season as one big family. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark invited her two children and their families as well as her sisters Princess Benedikte and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece and their respective families to Fredensborg Palace on the Danish island of Zealand.

It was the first time in eight years that the royals had spent Christmas at Fredensborg, but as their Copenhagen home Amalienbourg Palace is currently having its roof repaired, the family adjourned to the town 23 miles north of the capital.


Queen Margrethe II (centre) invited her own family and her sisters' families to Fredensborg Palace

In an official photograph of the occasion, Queen Margrethe, 74, can be seen sitting next to her husband Prince Henrick, who sits next to Princess Benedikte. On the Danish monarch's other side sits her sister and brother-in-law Queen Anne Marie and King Constantine of Greece.

Making up the large blue-blooded party were Constantine and Anne Marie's son eldest Prince Pavlos, his wife Princess Marie-Chantal and their children Princess Maria-Olympia, Prince Constantine, Prince Odysseas, Prince Achileas and Prince Aristidis.

Pavlos's brother Prince Nikolaos and his wife Princess Tatiana also spent Christmas with their extended family, as did his two sisters Princess Alexia, Princess Theodora and second brother Prince Philippos and their families.

Princess Josephine, Princess Athena, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Prince Christian

Representing the Danish side of the family were Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary and their four children Christian, Isabella, Vincent and Josephine. Frederik's younger brother Prince Joachim was joined by his sons Nikolai and Felix, his wife Princess Marie and their children Henrik and Athena.

Princess Benedikte, whose husband Prince Richard does not appear in the photo, was accompanied by her daughter Princess Alexandra, her husband Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth and their children Countess Ingrid and Count Richard.