August 6, 2010 / 3:32 PM / 9 years ago

Danish crown princess expecting twins

Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark arrive for a Government dinner at the Eric Ericson Hall in Skeppsholmen June 18, 2010, to celebrate the wedding of Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling, who will be married in Stockholm Cathedral on June 19. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

COPENHAGEN (Reuters Life!) - Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary is pregnant with twins, the palace announced on Friday.

She is due to give birth in January, it said in a statement.

The Australian-born Mary and Crown Prince Frederik have two children already, a four-year old son and a three-year-old daughter.

Frederik is son and heir to the thrown of Queen Margrethe II who has reigned since 1972. He married Mary, a commoner, in 2004.

The twins will be fourth and fifth in the line of succession after their father and two older siblings.

Reporting by John Acher, editing by Paul Casciato

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