Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Royal Profile: 25 Facts about Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

  1. Princess Benedikte Astrid Ingeborg Ingrid of Denmark was born 29 April 1944 {Source}.
  2. She is the second daughter of three daughters to King Frederik XI and Queen Ingrid{Source}.
  3. She has two sisters, one older, Queen Margarethe II, and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece{Source}.
  4. She was married to Richard,6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg in Denmark on 3 Februrary 1968{Source}.
  5. Together, they have three children, two sons-in-laws and four grandchildren{Source}:
    1. Gustav, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1969)
    2. Alexandra, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1970)
      1. Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth
        1. Count Friedrich Richard Oscar Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (1999)
        2.  Lady Ingrid Alexandra Irma Astrid Benedikte von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (2003)
    3. Nathalie, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1975)
      1. Master Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann (2010)
  6. Princess Benedikte is patron of many national organizations, institutions, and foundations in Denmark and abroad {Source}.
  7. She also serves as honoray member of various associations and societies{Source}.
  8. She is a first cousin of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden {Source}.
  9. Along with her younger sister, Anne-Marie, Benedikte was a bridesmaid at the 1962 wedding of Prince Juan Carlos of Spain & Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark{Source}.
  10. Princess Benedikte served in a special scout unit created just for her so she could participate as a child {Source}.
  11. She is chairwoman of Pigespejdernes fællesråd (Joint Committee of Girl Guides in Denmark) since 2000{Source}.
  12. In 1963, she stood in for her mother during the Girl Scouts World Conference{Source}.
  13. In 1965, Princess Benedikte became president of the Girl Scouts ' Confederation Denmark{Source}.
  14. She is patron for De grønne pigespejdere (The Green Girl Guides, Denmark) and Det Danske Spejderkorps (The Danish Guide and Scout Association){Source}.
  15. Princess Benedikte is patron of the Olave Baden Powell Society (OB-PS){Source}.
  16. She is an honorary member of the St Georges Guilds in Denmark.
  17.  In 2007, she was awarded with a prize of honour by this Scout association for adults.
  18. The Princess holds honors from:
    1. Denmark
    2. Argentina
    3. Belgium
    4. Finland
    5. Germany
    6. Greece
    7. Holy See
    8. Italy
    9. Luxembourg
    10. The Netherlands
    11. Norway
    12. Spain
    13. Sweden
    14. Tunisia
  19. She was not in line for the throne due to succession laws at birth. 
  20. However, things changed in 1947, allowed the Danish Royal women to succeed, which her sister did in 1972. Presently, the Danish Succession Act allows equal rights to the throne.
  21. Upon this (see #20) change, Princess Benedikte became second in line. 
  22. Presently she is 10th in line after two nephews, and 8 great-nieces and nephews.
  23. Princess Benedikte's children are not in line for succession due to her father ruling that they must be brought up in Denmark in order to have succession rights. 
  24. However, both her daughters have obtained Danish Citizenship.
  25. She was a horse breeder in Germany, something that her youngest child has followed in her footsteps doing.

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