The Danish Royal Court has announced that last night at 18.15, Her Highness Princess Elisabeth passed away after a long period of illness. The princess was surrounded by her closest family. Further details will be announced in due course.
The only daughter of Prince Knud and Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark, she was the eldest grandchild of King Christian X and Queen Alexandrine. Up until 1953, her father and brothers were set to succeed her uncle, King Frederick IX, since women couldn’t succeed to the Danish Throne. However, the law was changed, which eventually allowed her cousin, Queen Margrethe to succeed to the Throne. Educated in Denmark and Switzerland, unlike her brothers (who gave up their titles to marry for love) Princess Elisabeth had a long-term relationship with videographer Claus Hermansen, but did not marry him, and is thus the 12th and last in line to the Danish Throne. She has some official duties and was employed in the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1956 to 2001. Click HERE to learn about her Sapphire Tiara.