Why we love the Danish Royal family
Crown Princess Mary, Crown Prince Frederick and their four children - Christian, 5, Isabella, 4, and twins Vincent and Josephine, 6 months.
Posing for a portrait in the gardens of their summer estate, the family look much like any other. Four-year old Isabella tickles her baby sister while dressed-down grandparents take turns juggling the bouncing 6-month-old twins. Five-year old Christian looks absolutely smitten with his baby brother.
As far as a Royal portrait goes, it's more Aussie BBQ than Kensington Palace. Even for a republican such as myself, there is something delightful in the ease i which Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik relate to their Australian daughter-in-law, Crown Princess Mary, and in how hands-on they appear to be with son Frederick's grandchildren - Christian, Isabella, and twins Vincent and Josephine.
It's perhaps this impression of a close, laid-back family which gives Queen Margrethe II a satisfaction rating of 95% amongst her people, compared to Queen Elizabeth II's 75%. (Did you know Margrethe is also a chain-smoking costume designer?)
Crown Princess Mary reaches out to baby Vincent during a photo call at the Danish Royal Family's summer estate.
Crown Princess Mary is expected to bring her adorable brood to Australia later in the year to visit family and attend charity functions.