With Harry looking ready to settle down with Meghan Markle a vacancy for the role of Europe’s most eligible prince is well and truly open.
And it looks like a contender has been found in the form of Prince Joachim of Denmark who celebrates his 18th birthday today.
The royal is the eldest grandchild of Queen Margarethe and Prince Henrik, and is the child of her younger son Prince Joachim and his ex-wife Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg.
To celebrate the big day, Queen Margarethe is throwing a party on the royal yacht Dannebrog this evening, attended by members of the Danish royal family and Nicolai’s mother Alexandra.
Prince Nikolai of Denmark turns 18 today and will celebrate with family members on board the royal yacht later this evening
Nikolai’s father admitted this year that he can’t believe how fast his son, pictured aged six, has grown up
Earlier this year Prince Joachim spoke about the future of his son, who is seventh in line to the throne, saying he could scarcely believe how time had flown.
‘It is terrible, it is amazing that that time can go as fast,’ he told Billed Bladet. ‘He should not be forced into something, Nicolai’s future shall be conducted entirely by his own plan.’
The Prince was born at Copenhagen University Hospital on August 28, 1999 to Joachim and his wife Alexandra and was third in line to the throne after his father and uncle Prince Frederik.
The couple met when the prince was visiting her native Hong Kong in 1994 and they married a year later after a whirlwind romance.
Nikolai (right) is the eldest grandchild of Prince Henrik (centre) and Queen Margrethe of Denmark
The seventh in line to the throne will not receive an official position or financial support from the Queen of Denmark
His brother Prince Felix was born three years later, but Joachim, now 47, and Alexandra, now 52, announced they were divorcing after 10 years together in 2004 when their son Prince Nikolai was five and Prince Felix was two – Denmark’s first royal split in nearly 160 years.
He has since remarried Marie Cavallier, now Princess Marie and the couple have two children together Prince Henrik, six, and Princess Athena, five.
Alexandra, who lost her title of Princess after the divorce also remarried Martin Jørgensen, but that union also ended last year.
Prince Nikolai with his stepmother Princess Marie (left), brtohers Henrik and Felix, sister Princess Athena and father Prince Joachim
Earlier this year, the Danish court announced that only the future King, Prince Christian, would receive an appanage.
The appanage is traditionally given to younger children of Kings and Princes who are unlikely to ever assume the throne, and takes the form of a gift of land, an official office or position, or money.
However, the Prince will continue to be supported by his parents, dividing his time between his father and mother as he completes his education.