Crown Princess Mary shares sweet photos of her nine-year-old twins

By Heather Cichowski

They grow up so fast! Crown Princess Mary shared some tender family portraits on the Danish royal family's official Instagram account to commemorate Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine's ninth birthdays on Jan. 8!

Translated from Danish, the caption reads, "Their Royal Highnesses Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine are nine years old today. In connection with the birthday, it is a pleasure for the Crown Prince couple to share a number of new pictures of the Prince and Princess. The pictures have been taken in recent months and can be seen on the Royal House website. Photos: H.K.H. The Crown Princess ©"

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The two photos released on Instagram show Vincent and Josephine wearing coordinating brown jackets and posing in the great outdoors. In the first photo, the twins embrace and smile into the camera.

In the second more candid photo, Vincent pulls his sister close and tenderly kisses her on the forehead! It is a sweet moment and showcases the close relationship of the siblings.

The official Danish Royal House website has two additional photos featuring the twins' older siblings, Prince Christian and Princess Isabella!

In the third photo, Vincent poses with Isabella and Christian outside. The final photo captures Josephine clad in a riding hat and attending to a black horse.

All of the beautiful photos are credited to Crown Princess Mary, and it is evident they have a personal, loving touch! Just like Duchess Kate, Mary has gotten behind the camera to capture many of her children's milestone moments. Kate recently did this last year with Prince George's sixth birthday portraits! Duchess Meghan also recently joined the list of royals who have taken photographs of their children when she shared an adorable picture of Prince Harry and Archie just in time for New Year's Eve.

Prior to the Danish royals sharing the ninth birthday portraits, they uploaded a family photo on Instagram on their trip to Verbier, Switzerland.

The caption explained that Christian, Isabella, Vincent and Josephine were beginning a 12-week school break at the Lemania-Verbier International School in the Swiss Alps village of Verbier in the Swiss Alps.

"With the school stay, the Crown Prince couple wants to give their children a common experience in an international environment," explained the caption, translated from Danish. "In connection with the start of the school, this morning the Crown Prince family posed for photography for Danish and foreign media. Ida Guldbæk Arentsen, Ritzau Scanpix and Dana Press © ️"

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