Alexandra Christina, the Countess of Frederiksborg and former wife of Prince Joachim of Denmark, has decided to refuse her annual appanage she receives from the Danish state. This appanage she has received annually since she was divorced from His Royal Highness Prince Joachim, Queen Margrethe’s youngest son, in 2004.
The news was published by the Countess attorney on Friday morning. The Countess will receive the money until 2020, so from 2021 she will not receive the appanage anymore. The total appanage is currently 2.4 million Danish kroner per year. This is equal to 322,000 euros, 360,000 US dollars or 283,000 British pounds.
The appanage was going to be life-long and could not be ended without the Countess approving it. Now the Countess has approved that the appanage being removed in 2020, the same year that the Countess’s youngest son with Prince Joachim, Prince Felix, turns 18.
The Countess is not covered by any Danish pension-plan and currently has no claim for a public pension from the Danish state. She will, therefore, be granted a regular pension and receive a pension reserved for a public official. It is considerably less than the amount the Countess receives today.
Denmark’s Prime Minister, Lars Røkke Rasmussen, says he has been told that the Countess has come to her choice. “I have great respect for that decision,” says Denmark’s Prime Minister to the Danish TV-channel TV2. Several Danish political parties have the recent years criticised the Countess for receiving the money, but this has never been discussed in the Danish parliament.
Alexandra Christina, the Countess of Frederiksborg is of Chinese-European ancestry and lived in Hong Kong until she met Prince Joachim in 1994. They were married from 1995 to 2005 and had two boys. After her divorce, she remarried and stayed in Denmark. In 2015, she separated from her second husband.