Princess Benedikte of Denmark spent her Sunday afternoon as one of about 600 guests who attended the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the Agerskov Youth School. “We sent an invitation to the Royal House and are pleased that Princess Benedikte will spend a Sunday afternoon with us”, said the school’s director, Lars Kristensen.
The first students began their education at the Agerskov Youth School – then known as the Agerskov boarding school – on 3 November 1919. It all started in an old church with just 50 students, mostly boys and young men many of whom were veterans from the First World War or from hard to reach areas. Lars Kristensen said that the school gave hope for better times ahead. For the first few months, the school was German.
In 2019, the school is working with 145 students who were there to meet Princess Benedikte as a guest of honour.
Princess Benedikte is the younger sister of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. She is currently 11th in the Danish line of succession. She and her late husband, Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, have three children together: Prince Richard (born 12 January 1969), Princess Alexandra (born 20 November 1970), and Princess Nathalie (born 2 May 1975). Princess Benedikte spends a large part of the year at Schloss Berleburg with her family.