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Rare and striking new portraits of the Danish royal heirs released to mark The Queen's 80th birthday

Princess Mary's boys are looking dapper.

By Jess Pullar
The Danish royal family has released rare new portraits of Queen Margrethe with her two succeeding heirs, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Christian, to mark the monarch's 80th birthday.
The rare portraits reveal the royals like we've never seen them before, and prove just how quickly the young Prince has grown up.
Taken in late 2019, the images were captured by photographer Per Morten Abrahamsen inside a mansion in Amalienborg and at Fredensborg Castle.

Queen Margrethe, who turns 80 on April 16, is looking more radiant than ever.
Wearing a purple long sleeve dress adorned with a brooch, she looks happy to be flanked by her son and 14-year-old grandson, who are both wearing smart suit and tie combos.
The Danish royals are seen in a grand residence for the official new portraits. (Per Morten Abrahamsen)
In the caption of the images shared on Instagram, the Danish royal palace wrote: "Today, the first three images are published in a new art portrait series on the occasion of Her Majesty the Queen's impending 80th birthday."
The statement continued: "The portraits were taken by photographer Per Morten Abrahamsen, and the series includes both generational portraits of the Queen along with His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and His Royal Highness Prince Christian as well as individual portraits of the Queen."
The release of images like these come few and far between, especially those featuring the Danish heirs.
Back in January, the royals shared a beautiful new image of the family when they arrived in Switzerland, as the children began their new term abroad.

In the stunning image taken atop a snow-clad hill in the Swiss mountains, Crown Prince Mary, her husband Frederik and the four children posed for the happy snap.
Prince Christian, along with Princess Isabella, 12, and twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, both nine, looked thrilled to have arrived in their temporary new home, where they intended to study for a full term at an international boarding school.
While their trip was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic, the family will be happy to be reunited as they isolate together in their home country.
And perhaps a video call celebration will be had tomorrow as their Queen celebrates a big milestone.
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