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European royals in the British line of succession: Denmark’s Royal Family


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Continuing our series, Royal Central is taking a look at the members of Denmark’s Royal Family who are in the British line of succession.

Frederik IX of Denmark married Princess Ingrid of Sweden on 24 May 1935. Princess Ingrid was the daughter of Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf (later King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden) and his first wife, Princess Margaret of Connaught. The Princess was the elder daughter of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, who was the third son of Queen Victoria.

Her uncle, Edward VII, wanted Margaret and her younger sister, Princess Patricia of Connaught, to marry a European king or crown prince. During a trip to Cairo, Margaret met Prince Gustaf Adolf. Originally, Margaret’s sister Patricia was considered the more suitable match for Gustaf Adolf. Without his knowledge, a meeting was arranged with the two sisters. Gustaf Adolf and Margaret met and fell in love at first sight. The two were married at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on 15 June 1905.

361. Margrethe II of Denmark

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Margrethe is the Queen of Denmark. Upon her father’s death in 1972, Margrethe succeeded to the throne at the age of 31. She became the first female Danish sovereign under the New Act of Succession.

The Act of Succession of 27 March 1953 made Margrethe the heir presumptive. The act was a constitutional amendment that allowed a woman to inherit the throne in the event she has no older or younger brothers. Frederik IX and Ingrid had three daughters and no sons. With Margrethe as the heir presumptive, her uncle, Prince Knud would no longer assume the throne once Frederik IX passed away.

362. Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark

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Frederik is the heir apparent to the throne of Denmark. He is the elder son of Queen Margrethe II and her husband, the late Prince Henrik. Born in 1968, the 52-year-old is married to Australian-born Mary Donaldson (now Crown Princess Mary). Prior to their marriage, Mary worked with several companies in advertising.

363. Prince Christian

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Born 15 October 2005, Christian is the eldest child of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary. He is currently second in the line of succession to the Danish throne following his father. Since the 16th century, first-born sons of Danish monarchs have traditionally been alternatively named Frederik or Christian.

364. Prince Vincent

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Vincent was born 8 January 2021, 26 minutes before his twin sister, Josephine.

In 2009, the Danish constitution was altered to grant absolute primogeniture to the Danish throne which means that the eldest child, regardless of their gender takes precedence in the line of succession. Prior to this rule, Vincent would have displaced his older sister Isabella’s place in line to the Danish throne. He does, however, precede his sister in the line of succession to the British throne.

365. Princess Isabella

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Isabella was born on 21 April 2007. She was the first girl born into the Danish Royal Family since the birth of her great-aunt, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece in 1946. Isabella is third in the line of succession to the Danish throne. However, because her younger brother, Vincent, was born before changes to the British laws of succession, Isabella is behind him in this line to the throne.

366. Princess Josephine

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Princess Josephine is the youngest child of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary. She is 26 minutes younger than her twin brother, Prince Vincent, and she is fifth in the line of succession to the Danish throne.

367. Prince Joachim

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Joachim was born on 7 June 1969 in Copenhagen. The younger son of Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik, he is currently sixth in the line of succession the Danish throne, following his older brother, Crown Prince Frederik, and Frederik’s four children.

368. Prince Nikolai

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Nikolai is the elder son of Prince Joachim and his first wife, Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg. Born 28 August 1999, he is currently seventh in line to the Danish throne and at the time of his birth, he was third after his uncle and father.

369. Prince Felix

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Felix was born 22 July 2002. He is the younger son of Prince Joachim and his former wife, Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg.

370. Prince Henrik

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Currently ninth in line to the Danish throne, Henrik is the third and youngest son of Prince Joachim, and the only son of his second wife, Princess Marie. Henrik was born on 4 May 2009.

371. Princess Athena

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Born 24 January 2012, Athena is the younger child and only daughter of Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark.

372. Princess Benedikte of Denmark

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Benedikte is the second daughter of King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid of Denmark. Benedikte is often seen supporting her elder sister at official or semi-official events. She is currently eleventh in the line to the Danish throne. She is also the last person to have succession rights to the Danish throne at the moment.

373. Gustav, 7th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

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Born 12 January 1969, Gustav is the eldest child and the only son of Princess Benedikte and her late husband, Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.

374. Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

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Born 20 November 1970, Alexandra is the first daughter and second of three children of Princess Benedikte and Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.

375. Count Richard von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth

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Born 14 September 1999, Richard is the first child of Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth.

376. Countess Ingrid von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth

Born 16 August 2003, Ingrid is the second child of Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth.

377. Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

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Born 5 February 1975, Nathalie is the youngest daughter of Princess Benedikte and Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. Nathalie gained a place in the 2000 Olympics as a reserve rider for Team Denmark. She won a bronze medal as a member of the Team Denmark dressage team in the 2008 Summer Olympics.

378. Konstantin Johannsmann

Born 24 July 2010, Konstantin is the eldest child of Princess Nathalie and her husband, Alexander Johannsmann.

379. Louisa Johannsmann

Born 13 August 2014, Louisa is the youngest child of Princess Nathalie and her husband, Alexander Johannsmann.

380. Queen Anne-Marie of Greece

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Born as Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark in 1946, Anne-Marie married her first husband and her third cousin, Constantine, Crown Prince of Greece. The two married in September 1964. Anne-Marie was given consent to the marriage of a foreign ruler if, she renounced her succession rights to the Danish throne for herself and her descendants.

Editor’s Note: These are estimates as to the royals’ place in the British line of succession. As of 2011, Queen Margrethe II was 322nd. Since then, there have been 14 babies born to those in the first 100 places; therefore, we added 14 to the 2011 calculations to account for those births. We added a further 25 to the calculations to account for births in the German, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish and Serbian royal families after 2011. Any children who have been born to those further down the line of succession have not been accounted for, so the Danish royals could be a bit further down the line of succession.

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My name is Sydney Zatz and I am a University of Iowa graduate. I graduated with a degree in journalism and sports studies, and a minor in sport and recreation management. A highlight of my college career was getting the chance to study abroad in London and experiencing royal history firsthand. I have a passion for royals, royal history, and journalism, which led me to want to write for Royal Central.