Sunday, April 29, 2012

Royal Profile: HRH Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg was born 29 April 1946, the middle child of King Fredrick XI and Queen Ingrid. She has two sisters-Queen Margarethe II of Denmark and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece. 

Her godparents were her paternal grandparents, King Christian X and Queen Alexandrine of Denmark, her maternal grandfather King Gustav V of Sweden, her maternal uncle, Count Sigvard Bernadotte of Wisborg, her maternal cousin Sir Alexander Ramsay, her cousin, The Queen Mum of the United Kingdom, her paternal aunt Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark, Princess Margaret of Denmark, and  Princess Ingeborg of Sweden.

Princess Benedikte is very much involved in the scout/guide organization in Denmark as well as internationally. When she was a child, a special scout unit was created, so that she could join the guides. Now her involvement is more at the organisational level as she is chairman for Pigespejdernes fællesråd (Joint Committee of Girl Guides in Denmark). She is protector for De grønne pigespejdere (The Green Girl Guides, Denmark) and Det Danske Spejderkorps (The Danish Guide and Scout Association). In addition she is patron of the Olave Baden Powell Society (OB-PS), a support organisation for the international girl guide/scout organisation WAGGGS. She is an honorary member of the St Georges Guilds in Denmark. In 2007 she was awarded with a prize of honor by this Scout association for adults.

She married on 3 February 1968 at Fredensborg Palace Church to Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. Together, they have three children, and three grandchildren:

1. Gustav Frederik Philip Richard, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1969)
2. Princess Alexandra Rosemarie Ingrid Benedikte  of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg  (1970)
          A. Count Friedrich Richard Oscar Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (1999)
          B. Countess Ingrid Alexandra Irma Astrid Benedikte von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (2003)
3. Princess Nathalie Xenia Margarete Benedikte  of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg,(1975) 
          A. Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann (2010)

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