This year, we thought we’d write a post each month on royal birthdays (hurrah!). This won’t be a comprehensive list, instead we’ll be sticking to our favourites and we’re kicking things off with a wee prince and princess of Denmark.
January 8th, 2011: Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent of Denmark
To mark their third birthday, the Danish Royals released three new pictures of twins Josephine and Vincent. Cute, eh?
The other two pictures can be seen here. Following tradition, Vincent and Jospehine’s names were not revealed until their christening day in April of 2011. Since there were two of them, a second christening gown had to be rustled up. More on that can be found here, in our post on Danish Royal Christening Gowns. It’s one of our most read posts ever!
January 9: Kate Middleton aka the Duchess of Cambridge
Kate celebrated her 32nd birthday today and, just like every other year since she and William were engaged the palace simply said she was celebrating the day “privately.” So, we’re guessing there was a cake either in Kensington Palace or at Kate’s parent’s house in Berkshire.
The picture above was taken on January 9, 2007, as Kate made her way from her apartment to work at Jigsaw. There was a real flurry of attention on Kate that day, and lots of conjecturing that William would propose. The pressure was a bit much for William, and they borke up three months later.
As far as birthday gifts go this year, I know I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for a new pair of Kiki McDonough earrings.
January 20, 1965 : Sophie, Countess of Wessex
Sophie is another January baby, and it turns out that some good people out there have been making and selling mugs to commemorate the big day. Seriously! This one marks her 35th Birthday:
Whoever made it should have perhaps done a bit more research. They thought that Edward and Sophie are the Count and Countess of Wessex…whoops!
This mug is for the big 4-0, Both of these mugs are currently available on eBay, if you’re interested!
January 20, 1973: Mathilde, Queen of Belgium
For her birthday last year, she was a Princess. Then the King abdicated and now she’s a Queen. Also, she is only nine years older than Kate. Funny, eh? She seems so much older (in a good way!). Anyhow, to mark her 40th birthday last year, Mathilde did a little better than a mug. She got an official stamp. And it’s gorgeous.
She also released this birthday portrait:
January 25, 1978 : Princess Charlene of Monaco
Princess Charlene is turning 36 this year, so she’s just four years older than Kate and five years younger than Queen Mathilde.
I don’t know why I find this so fascinating, I just do. Anyway, who knows what she’ll be up to this year – Charlene is such a wild card – but my guess is she’ll be getting home to South Africa to see her family.
January 31, 1938: Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands.
The last birthday girl of the month is Princess Beatrix. Last year her birthday came before her abdication so she celebrated as a Queen, and this year I’m sure her family will treat her like one.
Happy Birthday to all the royal ladies and Prince Vincent. So, who’s buying that mug???
PS Happy Birthday, Big Pete! & KSTA:)