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About Prinsesse Benedikte til Danmark
- Benedikte Astrid Ingeborg Ingrid zu Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, Princess(Prinsesse) til Danmark . H.K.H. Prinsesse Benedikte
- She gained the title of HRH Princess(HKH Prinsesse) til Danmark.
- Postadresse: H.K.H. Prinsesse Benediktes sekretariat, Christian VIII's Palæ, Amalienborg, 1257 København K
Mitglied des Hauses Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, einer Nebenlinie des Hauses Oldenburg.
Prinzessin Benedikte ist die jüngere Schwester der Königin Margrethe II. von Dänemark.
Benedikte ist die zweite Tochter des dänischen Königs Friedrich IX. (1899–1972) und seiner Frau Prinzessin Ingrid Viktoria (1910–2000), der einzigen Tochter von König Gustav VI. Adolf von Schweden und der britischen Prinzessin Margaret von Connaught. Aus der Ehe ihrer Eltern gingen zwei weitere Töchter hervor: Margrethe Alexandrine Þórhildur Ingrid, die jetzige Königin von Dänemark, und Anne-Marie Dagmar Ingrid, die letzte Königin von Griechenland. Als ihre Taufpaten fungierten unter anderem König Christian X., Prinz Gustav, König Gustav VI. Adolf, Graf Sigvard Bernadotte, Sir Alexander Ramsay, Königin Alexandrine, Königin Elizabeth, spätere Queen Mum, Prinzessin Caroline-Mathilde, Prinzessin Margaretha und Prinzessin Ingeborg. Die Änderungen in der Thronfolge 1953 führen dazu, dass Prinzessin Benedikte bis 1968 auf Platz 2 der Thronfolge war.
Auf der Hochzeit der damaligen Kronprinzessin Beatrix der Niederlande mit dem deutschen Diplomaten Claus von Amsberg lernte Benedikte ihren zukünftigen Mann kennen. Am 3. Februar 1968 heiratete sie auf Schloss Fredensborg Richard zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (* 29. Oktober 1934), ältester Sohn von Gustav Albrecht Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg und seiner Ehefrau, der schwedischen Gräfin Margareta Fouché d’Otrante. Aus der Ehe gingen drei Kinder hervor: Gustav Frederik Philip Richard (* 12. Januar 1969), Alexandra Rosemarie Ingrid Benedikte (* 20. November 1970) und Nathalie Xenia Margareta Benedikte (* 2. Mai 1975).
Benedikte und Joachim zu Dänemark vertreten als Reichsverweser Königin Margrethe II. als Staatsoberhaupt, wenn diese und Kronprinz Frederik verhindert sind.
Benedikte nimmt zahlreiche Ehrenämter wahr, unter anderem in Organisationen aus den Bereichen Bildung, Erziehung, Gesundheitswesen, Frauen und Reitsport. Ein Schwerpunkt ist das Engagement für die Pfadfinderbewegung, seit sie in ihrer Jugend selbst Pfadfinderin war. Sie ist Vorsitzende des dänischen Rates der Pfadfinderinnen und Patronin von zwei dänischen Pfadfinderorganistationen (Det danske Spejderkorps, De grønne pigespejdere); international ist sie Schutzherrin der Olave Baden-Powell Society, die die Arbeit der World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts finanziell unterstützt.
Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg is the second daughter of King Frederick IX of Denmark and Ingrid of Sweden. She is the younger sister of the reigning Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II, and the older sister of Queen Anne-Marie of Greece.
Princess Benedikte often represents her elder sister at official or semi-official events. She and her late husband, Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, have three children. Princess Benedikte is currently eleventh in the line of succession to the Danish throne.
Princess Benedikte was born on 29 April 1944 at the Frederick VIII Palace in the Amalienborg Palace Complex in Copenhagen as the second child of Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark and Crown Princess Ingrid née Princess Ingrid of Sweden. Her father was the eldest son of King Christian X of Denmark and Queen Alexandrine née Duchess Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin; and her mother was the only daughter of Crown Prince Gustav Adolf of Sweden (later King Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden) and Crown Princess Margaret née Princess Margaret of Connaught.
Her birth took place during Nazi Germany's Occupation of Denmark. The day after the birth of the princess, members of the Danish resistance group Holger Danske performed a salute of 21 bombs in the Ørstedsparken public park in central Copenhagen as a reference to the traditional 21-gun salute performed by the Danish Army and Navy at the occasion of royal births.
She was baptised on 24 May 1944 in the Church of Holmen in Copenhagen. Her godparents were King Christian X and Queen Alexandrine (her paternal grandparents), Prince Gustav of Denmark (paternal granduncle), King Gustav V of Sweden (maternal great-grandfather), Prince Sigvard, Duke of Uppland (maternal uncle), Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark (paternal aunt-by marriage), Princess Ingeborg of Denmark (paternal grandaunt), Princess Margaretha of Sweden (her fathers first cousin), Sir Alexander Ramsay (maternal granduncle) and Queen Elizabeth, Queen Consort of United Kingdom.
Princess Benedikte has one elder sister, Margrethe, present Queen of Denmark, and a younger sister Anne Marie, who was born in 1946 and married Constantine II of Greece.
Princess Benedikte as a bridesmaid at the 1962 wedding of Princess Birgitta of Sweden and Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern. Princess Benedikte and her sisters grew up in apartments at Frederick VIII's Palace at Amalienborg in Copenhagen and in Fredensborg Palace in North Zealand. She spent summer holidays with the royal family in her parent's summer residence at Gråsten Palace in Southern Jutland. On 20 April 1947, King Christian X died and Benedikte's father ascended the throne as King Frederick IX.
At the time of her father's accession to the throne, only males could ascend the throne of Denmark. As her parents had no sons, it was assumed that her uncle Prince Knud would one day assume the throne. The popularity of Frederick IX and his daughters and the more prominent role of women in Danish life paved the way for a new Act of Succession in 1953 which permitted female succession to the throne following the principle of male-preference primogeniture, where a female can ascend to the throne if she has no brothers. Benedikte's elder sister Margrethe therefore became heir presumptive, and Princess Benedikte and Princess Anne-Marie became second and third in the line of succession.
Princess Benedikte was educated at N. Zahle's School, a private school in Copenhagen, followed by stays at a boarding school in England and a Swiss finishing school. In 1965 she took a class at the Margrethe-Skolen, a private fashion and design school in Copenhagen.
Along with her younger sister, Anne-Marie, Benedikte was a bridesmaid at the 1962 wedding of Prince Juan Carlos of Spain and Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark.
Benedikte was married on 3 February 1968 at Fredensborg Palace Church to Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, born in Giessen on 29 October 1934. He was the son of Prince Gustav Albrecht, 5th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1907–1944) and his wife, Margareta Fouché d'Otrante (1909–2005). The King decreed that her children would need to be raised in Denmark in order to have succession rights. Since the condition was not met, Princess Benedikte's three children are not in line to succeed to the throne. Prince Richard died on 13 March 2017 after 49 years of marriage.
Princess Benedikte at the summer camp of The Danish Guide and Scout Association in 1999. 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 Danmark (Joint Committee of Girl Guides in Denmark). She is patron of 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 World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
She is an honorary member of the St George's Guilds in Denmark. In 2007 she was awarded with a prize of honour by this Scout association for adults.
She is also involved in equestrian sport, and has acted as an honorary patron of the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses. In 2006, she ran in an election for president of the International Equestrian Federation, but she was heavily defeated, earning only 16 votes and placing last out of the three candidates.
Children and grandchildren Gustav, 7th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (born 12 January 1969). His long-term girlfriend is Carina Axelsson (born 5 August 1968). Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (born 20 November 1970). On 6 June 1998 at Gråsten Palace, she was married to Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (born 12 July 1967). The couple has two children: Count Richard von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (born 14 September 1999). Countess Ingrid von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (born 16 August 2003). Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (born 2 May 1975). On 27 May 2010, she married to Alexander Johannsmann (born 6 December 1977). The couple has two children: Konstantin Johannsmann (born 24 July 2010). Louisa Johannsmann (born 28 January 2015). The children of Princess Benedikte are styled as Highnesses in Denmark by an Order in Council. Elsewhere they are Serene Highnesses by courtesy.
Prinsesse Benedikte til Danmark's Timeline
April 29, 1944
May 24, 1944
January 12, 1969
Frankfurt am Main, Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany