Monday, May 8, 2017

Royal Profile: Princess Elisabeth of Denmark

Princess Elisabeth Caroline-Mathilde Alexandrine Helena Olga Thyra Feodora Estrid Margrethe Désirée of Denmark was born 8 May 1935 as the only daughter and eldest child of  Hereditary Prince Knud of Denmark & Hereditary Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark {Source}. She has two brothers:
  1. Count Christian Frederik Franz Knud Harald Carl Oluf Gustav Georg Erik af Rosenborg (1942-2013)
    1. Countess Anne Dorte af Rosenborg (1947-2014, m. 1971-2013)
      1. Countess Camilla af Rosenborg (1972)
        1. Mikael John Rosanes (1952, m. 1995)
          1. Anastasia Caroline Amalie Rosanes(1997)
          2. Ludwig Christian Mikael Rosanes (2000)
          3. Leopold Christian Ingolf Rosanes (2005)
          4. Theodor Christian John Rosanes (2008)
      2. Countess Josephine of Rosenborg (1972)
        1. Thomas Christian Schmidt (1970, m. 1998)
          1. Julius Christian Emil Schmidt(2001)
          2. Clara Dorthe Elisabeth Schmidt (2004)
      3. Countess Feodora of Rosenborg (1975)
        1. Eric Hervè Patrice Patte (m. 2004-2006, div)
        2. Morent Rønnow (m. 2008)
          1. Caroline-Mathilde Margareth Rønnow (2009)
  2. Count Ingolf Christian Frederik Knud Harald Gorm Gustav Viggo Valdemar Aage of Denmark (1940)
    1. Inge Terney (1968-1998)
    2. Sussie Hjorhøy (m. 1998)

Unlike her brothers, she has never married, thus retains her place and title in the Danish Royal Family. She is presently 12th in succession for the Danish throne after Princess Benedikte.


She was employed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1956-2001, where she was posted abroad on several occasions.


She never married or had children, however she did live with film director Claus Hermansen for 20 years until his death in 1997 {Source}. She grew up with her brothers at Sorgenfri Palace. She still resides there, in a different part of the palace. She is a godmother to her great nephew, Theodor {Source}.


Over the years, she has undertaken many official duties. She is part of several offical ceremonies regarding the Danish Royal Family, including the New Year's Courts {Source}. She is a patron of several organizations, including:

  • Kjæden (the chain).
  • Danish-Brazilian Association (alongside HH Princess Dorrit Romanoff)
  • Danish-Japanese Society
  • Præmieselskabet for Plejemødre af 1861 (award-giving society for foster mothers of 1861)

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