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Queen Margrethe and Prince Joachim attend funeral of former Court Marshall


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The Danish and Greek royal family said a final goodbye to former Danish Court Marshal Søren Haslund-Christensen last Saturday when both Queen Margrethe and Prince Joachim attended his funeral. Queen Margrethe and Prince Joachim arrived separately at the funeral, and both met the former court marshal’s widow with a warm and compassionate embrace.

Queen Margrethe and Prince Joachim attended the funeral, and the rest of the royal family also sent a final farewell with a number of beautiful wreaths. Closest to the coffin stood the largest of a total of five wreaths from the royal family, and it was from Queen Margrethe. The four others were from King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie of Greece, Princess Benedikte of Denmark and Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary and Prince Joachim and Princess Marie. The Danish Royal Court had also sent a beautiful and colourful wreath to the funeral.

Søren Haslund-Christensen passed away on October 25th 2021 at the age of 88. He was a highly respected Danish Court Marshal from 1989 to 2003, and he was of great importance to the entire Danish and Greek royal family. Søren Hasslund-Christensen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011 and moved to a nursing home in 2016. He was married to Marianne and together they had three children.

Søren Haslund-Christensen was the son of the Danish expedition leader and author Henning Haslund-Christensen. He made a career in the Armed Forces, where he became a colonel in 1982 and head of the 1st Jutland Brigade in Fredericia from 1982 to 1985 before taking the role of head of the Army Officers’ School between 1985-1988. In 1988, Haslund-Christensen was appointed Major General and Head of the Jutland Division.

From 1989 to 2003, he was Danish Court Marshal. From 1993 to 2004 he was also the headmaster of Herlufsholm School and Estate. He was chairman of “H.C. Andersens Fond”, vice president of the Royal Danish Geographical Society and was involved in the planning of the Galathea 3 expedition.

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Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.