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Prince Christian's 18th birthday celebrations - royal guest list revealed

Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik's eldest son turns 18 on 15 October

Prince Christian with Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary
Danielle Stacey
Danielle StaceyOnline Royal CorrespondentLondon
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Denmark's royal family will play host at a glittering gala to celebrate Prince Christian's 18th birthday on Sunday 15 October.

Queen Margrethe will head up the white-tie dinner for her grandson at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen.

Earlier in the day, the royals will appear on the balcony of Frederik VIII’s Palace to view the Changing of the Guard.

A number of guests have already confirmed their attendance at Prince Christian's celebrations, including members of foreign royal families.

Christian's immediate members of his family will be in attendance – his parents, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, as well as younger siblings, Princess Isabella, 16, and 12-year-old twins, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine.

Queen Margrethe's younger son, Prince Joachim, and his wife, Princess Marie, are expected to fly over to Denmark from Washington D.C. in the US for the occasion, along with their children, Count Henrik and Countess Athena. Joachim also has two sons from his previous marriage – Count Nikolai and Count Felix.

Marie and Joachim are moving to the US this summer© Robin Utrecht/dana press/Shutterstock
Prince Joachim and Princess Marie with their children and Joachim's sons

Meanwhile, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden will be among the foreign royal guests, and will be joined by their 11-year-old daughter, Princess Estelle.

Crown Princess Victoria's birthday celebrations with family© Getty
Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel will be accompanied by Princess Estelle

Representing Norway will be Crown Prince Haakon and his 19-year-old daughter, Princess Ingrid Alexandra.

Princess Ingrid Alexandra missed Norway's National Day celebrations with her family© Getty
Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway

Future Belgian queen Princess Elisabeth, 21, has also confirmed her attendance.

Princess Elisabeth wearing yellow dress and sun hat© Getty
Princess Elisabeth of Belgium

Guests will also include a selection of the country's youth organisations, as well as youngsters who have made their mark in the worlds of sport, arts and culture.

The Danish court added: "In addition, The Royal House of Denmark will invite up to 200 young people from the realm to take part in the celebration in cooperation with the country’s municipalities, as each of Denmark’s municipalities as well as Greenland and the Faroe Islands will have the opportunity to select two 18-year-olds to participate in the gala dinner."

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Potential guests

Given the Danish royal family's closeness with other European royal households, other potential guests could include King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, and their eldest daughters, Princess Catharina Amalia, 19, and Princess Alexia, 18.

Dutch royals on the balcony at Noordeinde Palace on Prince's Day© Hollandse Hoogte/Shutterstock
The Dutch royal family

Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg could also join the celebrations.

And it's yet to be seen whether Princess Maria Chiara of Bourbon-Two Sicilies will be at the gala dinner.

Princess Maria Chiara de Bourbon des Deux-Siciles At The 76th Cannes Film Festival © Marc Piasecki
Princess Maria Chiara de Bourbon des Deux-Siciles

Chiara, who is the daughter of Prince Carlo, Duke of Castro and Princess Camilla, Duchess of Castro, dismissed rumours that she is dating Prince Christian in a statement shared on Instagram last month, writing: "Prince Christian and I share a close friendship."

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