The heir to the Danish throne, Crown Prince Frederik, has become the father of twins. The Prince himself announced the news at the hospital in Copenhagen that his wife, Crown Princess Mary, had given birth to a boy and a girl.
“They were born 30 minutes apart, the first one at 10.30 this morning,” said the prince. The babies, who weighed 2.7 and 2.6 kilos respectively, become fourth and fifth in the line of succession.
“Under the circumstances, the mother and the children are very, very well, as is the father. And one is this long and the other is this high,” said Frederik, 42, demonstrating the dimensions with his hands, to laughs from reporters.
The couple already have two children, Christian and Isabella, aged five and three. Princess Mary comes from Australia and met her future husband during the Sydney Olympics. They married in 2004.
The Danish royal family reportedly traces its roots back to a Viking king who reigned more than 1,000 years ago.