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The Danish Royal Family consists of the dynastic family of the monarch.  All members of the Danish Royal Family, except Queen Margrethe II, hold the title of Prince/Princess of Denmark. Dynastic children of the monarch and of the heir apparent are accorded the style of His/Her Royal Highness, while other members of the dynasty are addressed as His/Her Highness. The Queen is styled Her Majesty.

The Queen and her siblings belong to the House of Glücksburg, which is a branch of the Royal House of Oldenburg. The Queen's children and male-line descendants belong agnatically to the family de Laborde de Monpezat, and were given the concurrent title Count/Countess of Monpezat by royal decree in April 2008.

The Danish Royal Family enjoys remarkably high approval ratings in Denmark, possibly ranging from somewhere between 82% and 92%.

Main members[edit | edit source]

The Danish Royal Family includes:

  • HRH Princess Benedikte of Denmark
    • The 7th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
    • Princess Alexandra and her children: Count Richard and Countess Ingrid
    • Princess Nathalie and her children: Konstantin and Louisa

Former member[edit | edit source]

The former wife of Queen Margrethe's youngest son Prince Joachim, Princess Alexandra lost the style of Royal Highness and was granted the lower style of Highness upon her divorce in 2005, becoming known as HH Princess Alexandra of Denmark, a style which would cease upon her remarriage. During this time she was still a Princess of Denmark and thus a member of the Danish Royal Family. In 2005, her former mother-in-law granted her the additional title of grevinde af Frederiksborg (Countess of Frederiksborg), a personal title which would not be forfeited if Alexandra remarried. When she remarried on 3 March 2007, she lost the style of Highness and titular dignity of Princess of Denmark, and ceased to be a member of the royal family (although she still receives an allowance, and keeps the style and title, Her Excellency Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg).

Royal Family of Greece[edit | edit source]

Most of the members of the deposed Royal Family of Greece hold the title of Prince or Princess of Greece and Denmark with the qualification of His or Her Highness, pursuant to the Royal Cabinet Order of 1774 and as agnatic descendants of George I of Greece, who, as the son of the future King Christian IX of Denmark, was (and remained) a "Prince of Denmark" prior to his accession to the throne of Greece in 1863. Until 1953 his dynastic male-line descendants remained in Denmark's order succession. However, no Danish act has revoked usage of the princely title for these descendants, neither for those living in 1953, nor for those born subsequently or who have since married into the dynasty.

There are three members of the Greek Royal Family who are not known to bear the title of Prince/ss of Denmark with the qualification of His/Her Highness.[6][7][8]

  • Marina, consort of Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark
    • Princess Alexandra, Mrs. Mirzayantz
    • HRH Princess Olga, Duchess of Apulia

The following, consorts of royal monarchs today, were born with the titles of Prince/Princess of Greece and Denmark although they are not descended from King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie:

Counts and Countesses of Rosenberg[edit | edit source]

Danish princes who marry without consent of the Danish monarch lose their dynastic rights, including royal title. The ex-dynasts are then usually accorded the hereditary title "Count of Rosenborg". They, their wives, and their legitimate male-line descendants are:

  • Count Ingolf and Countess Sussie of Rosenborg (Hereditary Prince Knud's elder son and his wife)
  • Countess Josephine, Countess Camilla and Countess Feodora of Rosenborg (the daughters of Hereditary Prince Knud's late younger son, Count Christian, and Countess Anne Dorte)
  • Count Ulrik and Countess Judi of Rosenborg (the son of Prince Harald's younger son, Count Oluf, and his wife)
    • Count Philip of Rosenborg (Count Ulrik's son)
    • Countess Katharina of Rosenborg (Count Ulrik's daughter)
  • Countess Charlotte of Rosenborg (the daughter of Prince Harald's younger son, Count Oluf)
  • Count Axel and Countess Jutta of Rosenborg (the eldest son of Prince Axel's younger son, Count Flemming, and his wife)
    • Count Carl Johan and Count Alexander of Rosenborg (Count Axel's sons)
    • Countess Julie and Countess Désirée of Rosenborg (Count Axel's daughters)
  • Count Birger and Countess Lynne of Rosenborg (the second son of Prince Axel's younger son, Count Flemming, and his wife)
    • Countess Benedikte of Rosenborg (Count Birger's daughter)
  • Count Carl Johan and Countess Lisa Jeanne of Rosenborg (the third son of Prince Axel's younger son, Count Flemming, and his wife)
    • Countess Caroline and Countess Josefine of Rosenborg (Count Carl Johan's daughters)
  • Countess Désirée of Rosenborg (the daughter of Prince Axel's younger son, Count Flemming, and his wife)
  • Countess Karin of Rosenborg (widow of Count Christian, the son of Prince Valdemar's third son, Count Erik)
    • Count Valdemar of Rosenborg (Count Christian's son)
      • Count Nicolai of Rosenborg (Count Valdemar's son)
      • Countess Marie of Rosenborg (Count Valdemar's daughter)
    • Countess Marina of Rosenborg (Count Christian's daughter)

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Family tree of members[edit | edit source]

King Christian X Queen Alexandrine
King Frederik IX Queen Ingrid Knud, Hereditary Prince of Denmark Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark
Prince Henrik of Denmark The Queen Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Princess Benedikte King Constantine II of Greece Queen Anne-Marie of Greece Princess Elisabeth Countess Inge of Rosenborg Count Ingolf of Rosenborg Countess Sussie of Rosenborg
The Crown Prince The Crown Princess Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg

(div. 2005)

Prince Joachim Princess Marie
Prince Christian Princess Isabella Prince Vincent Princess Josephine Prince Nikolai Prince Felix Prince Henrik Princess Athena

Line of succession to the Danish throne[edit | edit source]

The Danish Act of Succession adopted on 27 March 1953, restricts the throne to those descended from Christian X and his wife, Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, through approved marriages. Succession is governed by absolute primogeniture.

Dynasts lose their right to the throne if they marry without the permission of the monarch, to be given in the Council of State. Individuals born to unmarried dynasts or to former dynasts that married without royal permission, and their descendants, are excluded from the throne. Further, when approving a marriage, the monarch can impose conditions that must be met in order for any resulting offspring to have succession rights. Should there be no eligible descendant of King Christian X and Queen Alexandrine, the parliament has the right to elect a monarch and determine a new line of succession.

Line of Succession[edit | edit source]

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