Danish royals prepare for christening as name guessing begins

Danish royals prepare for christening as name guessing begins

Since Denmark”s Princess Marie and Prince Joachim welcomed their baby girl back in January, the world has been waiting to see what they will call her.

On Sunday, royal watchers will finally be able to put a name to her angelic face when she is christened in a joyous ceremony.

The baptism will take place in the picturesque town of Mogeltonder – which is home to Prince Joachim”s royal residence, Schackenborg Castle.

The municipality”s historic church, pictured below, was also the site of his wedding in 2008.

Later, the sprawling Schackenborg estate will host a reception attended by members of the Danish Crown, including proud grandmother Queen Margrethe.

And new uncle, Crown Prince Frederik and his glamorous wife Mary are also expected to attend.

Local tradition states that a newborn”s name be kept under wraps until the big day, and there is much speculation about what will be chosen.  

Although Denmark is home to the longest standing royal family in Europe, the majority of past monarchs have been kings, so regal matriarch Margrethe could be an obvious point of reference.

French-born Princess Marie may grace her longed-for daughter with a name from her own Gallic roots.

Agathe and Odile are Marie”s middle names, while her mother was called Françoise.

The royal couple also go back to basics with a traditional Danish name such as Lene, Sofie or Astrid.