Sharon and Bruce or Sophie and Magnus?

Debate is raging about the possible names for the Danish royal twins and whether they will be traditional or Australian-flavoured, honouring their mother’s home country.


Hobart-born Crown Princess Mary gave birth to a boy and girl on January 8 but in keeping with royal tradition the children’s names won’t be revealed until their christening, scheduled for April 14 in Copenhagen.

While dad – Crown Prince Frederik – has jokingly referred to his new son as Elvis because the tots share a birthday with the rock’n’roll legend, the name is unlikely to become official.

Danish royal commentators are divided about whether the names will honour members of Mary’s Tasmanian family including her mother, Henrietta Etta Clark Donaldson, who died in 1997 before her daughter met Frederik.

In the office of Denmark’s Billed-Bladet magazine a list of possible names has been drawn up as dedicated royal watchers keenly await April’s event at Holmen Church.

For the girl, options include: Sophie (after Queen Sophie Amalie, wife of King Frederik III of Denmark), Caroline (after Princess Caroline Mathilde of Denmark – oldest daughter of King Frederik VI), Alexandrine (after daughter of Prince Harald of Denmark), Dagmar or Thyra (after the princess daughters of King Frederik VIII of Denmark), Christina (after Queen Consort Christina of Sweden – Princess of Denmark), Frederica (after Princess Frederica Amalia – daughter of King Frederik III), Margaret (after daughter of King Christian I of Denmark), Magdalene (after Crown Princess Magdalene of Denmark), and Charlotte (after the princess daughter of King Frederik IV of Denmark).

For the boy, names include: Magnus (after Magnus the Good), Erik, Christoffer (after the 1250s Danish monarch), John (after the King to 1513), Jurgen (after Prince George of Denmark and Norway), Charles (after Prince Charles of Denmark), Ulrik (after Prince Ulrik of Denmark, and Viggo (after Prince Viggo Christian).

Suspense did not surround the naming of the royal couple’s first child, Prince Christian, now five – tradition determines that males first in line to the throne are named Frederik or Christian alternatively.

The naming of his three-year-old sister Princess Isabella shocked some Danish royal watchers because of its lack of royal links.

Earlier this week the Danish palace released photos of the twins, showing both with dark hair, and including shots with their parents.

The royal family has no last name and are known only by their first name and title.

If needed, female royals use the last name Regina, meaning queen, and men use Rex, meaning King.