The Danish Monarchy is one of the oldest surviving royal houses in the world, dating back to the 10th century to Gorm the Old of the Vikings. Originally it was an elected monarchy but because the actual practice was that the eldest son of the current monarch was elected, it was changed to a hereditary monarchy. Constitutional monarchy was created in the mid-19th century and a century later, the Act of Succession paved the way for female members of the royal family to accede the throne. Currently, the reigning monarch is Queen Margrethe II and her husband, Prince Henrik is called the Prince Consort. The other members of the Danish Monarchy are the following:
HRH Crown Prince Frederik , 43, is the eldest son of Queen Margrethe and the next in line to succeed to the throne. Aside from being the Prince of Denmark he also bears the title Count of Monpezat. He is married to Crown Princess Mary Elizabet and their children by virtue of birthright are the next heirs to the throne. They are HRH Prince Christian, 7, HRH Princess Isabella, 5, HRH Prince Vincent, 2 and HRH Princess Josephine, 2.
HRH Prince Joachim, 42, is Queen Margrethe’s second son. Qhen the Queen and Crown Prince Frederij are out of the country performing their duties, Prince Joachim acts as Regent. He is also included in the order of succession to the throne, as well as his children – HH Prince Nikolai, HH Prince Felix, HH Princess Athena. Also included in the Royal Family and in the line of succession are HRH Princess Benedikte and HH Princess Elisabeth.