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Princess Mary’s mini-me: Everything you need to know about Princess Isabella, Mary and Frederik’s first daughter

She's even been caught borrowing her mum's clothes.

By Maddison Leach
Prince Christian of Denmark may seem like the most popular of Prince Frederik and Princess Mary's children, but his little sister Princess Isabella is just as intriguing.
The second child and first daughter to the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark, Isabella is destined to make her mark on the world.
Though she hasn't been in the spotlight quite as much as her older brother, the young royal is already making waves.
She's the spitting image of her Australian-born mother and bears the names of both of her grandmothers.
Princess Isabella bears a striking resemblance to her mother, Princess Mary, who took this photo. (Instagram/Princess Mary of Denmark)
Isabella shares one passion with a number of British royals and has followed in her mother's footsteps at royal events.
The 14-year-old princess has even been caught raiding her mother's wardrobe from time to time, and yes, we're very jealous!
What we're trying to say is, she's definitely a young royal to watch as she comes into her own.
Scroll on to find out everything you need to know about Princess Isabella of Denmark.

When was Princess Isabella born?

Born on April 21, 2007, at the Rigshospitalet or Copenhagen University Hospital, Princess Isabella was Mary and Frederik's second child.
She was delivered just over a year after her elder brother, Prince Christian, and there was plenty of speculation about her gender.
Mary had announced her second pregnancy in October 2006, just after Christian's first birthday.
If she gave birth to another boy, it would mean that all the grandchildren born in Queen Margrethe's line would have (until that point) been boys.
When Isabella was born, she became the first Danish princess born in Denmark for over 60 years.
The last before her was Queen Anne-Marie, Queen Margrethe's youngest sister who was born in 1946.
Princess Mary cradles Isabella as a baby on her christening day. (Getty)

Why is Princess Isabella’s name special?

Mary and Frederik christened their first daughter Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe, a name with several special connections.
The name Henrietta is a tribute to Mary's own mother, Henrietta Donaldson, who died in 1997 when Mary was just 25.
Isabella's other middle names, Ingrid and Margrethe are nods to her Danish heritage.
Margrethe is for her grandmother and current Danish monarch, Queen Margrethe II, while Ingrid was for Isabella's great-grandmother Queen Ingrid.
A young Isabella with her granmother, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. (Getty)

What was Princess Isabella’s childhood like?

Like all Danish royal children, Princess Isabella was baptised at just a few months old.
Her ceremony was held at Fredensborg Palace Chapel on July 1, 2007, and the following year she made her first visit to Australia with her parents and brother.
Just over a year old at the time, Isabella was introduced to the Australian public on the grounds of Government House in Sydney with Prince Christian.
She became a big sister in 2011, when Mary and Frederik welcomed their third and fourth children; twins named Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine.
It wasn't until 2015 that she undertook her first official royal engagement, then aged eight, when she christened a ferry named in her honour in Denmark.
Princess Isabella (left) waves from a balcony with her parents and siblings in 2018. (Getty)

Where does Princess Isabella attend school?

Like her elder brother, Isabella broke from Danish royal tradition by attending public state school.
She started at Tranegårdskolen in Hellerup in 2013, before attending what was meant to be a 12-week program at the Lemania-Verbier International School in Switzerland in 2020.
The coronavirus pandemic cut those plans short and Isabella, along with her siblings, were withdrawn from the program by their parents.
Mary and Frederik returned to Denmark with their children, who studied remotely during lockdown.
It's unclear if Princess Isabella will follow in her elder brother's footsteps and attend the prestigious Herlufsholm School in Næstved for her final years of study.

What have Princess Isabella’s parents said about her?

When Isabella arrived in 2007, proud dad Frederik couldn't keep himself from telling reporters how happy he was about her birth.
"I feel great joy and great happiness," he said outside the hospital where Mary gave birth.
"They both came very well as you would expect it to be and I can only say it's a relief, but [I'm] full of happiness and love."
Mary seems to have an incredibly close relationship with her eldest daughter too, even letting Isabella borrow from her wardrobe.
On several occasions the 14-year-old has been spotted wearing her mum's clothes or jewellery.
She already looks like Mary's mini-me, but it's even more obvious when she styles herself like her mum too.
Princess Isabella (right) has inherited her mother's chic sense of style. (Getty)

Will Princess Isabella be a Queen?

While Isabella is currently third in line to the Danish throne after her father and elder brother, it's unlikely she'll ever be Queen of Denmark.
When Prince Christian has children, they will take precedence over Isabella in the line of succession.
That means she'll only be queen if Frederik, Christian and his future children are all unable to fill the role of Danish monarch.
However, Isabella could become Queen of another nation through marriage.
Once she's older she will become an eligible young royal bachelorette and though European royal families don't often intermarry these days, it's not unheard of.
There's only a six-year age gap between her and Britain's Prince George… you never know!

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