Monday, April 29, 2013

Royal Profile: 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 {Source}.

Her godparents were {Source}:
  • King Christian X of Denmark (paternal grandfather)
  • Queen Alexandrine of Denmark (paternal grandmother)
  • King Gustaf V of Sweden (maternal grandfather)
  • Count Sigvard Beradotte of Wisborg (maternal uncle)
  • Sir Alexander Ramsay (maternal cousin)
  • Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother
  • Princess Caroline-Mahilde of Denmark 
  • Princess Maragaret of Denmark
  • 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 {Source}. 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)
    1. Count Friedrich Richard Oscar Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (1999)
    2. Countess Ingrid Alexandra Irma Astrid Benedikte von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (2003)
  3. Princess Nathalie Xenia Margarete Benedikte of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg,(1975) 
    1. Master Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann (2010)

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