Today marks the Anniversary of the Birth of Countess Ruth of Rosenborg, who was born on this day in 1924. Born Alice Ruth Nielsen, she came from a wealthy family and grew up in Denmark. In 1949, she married Prince Flemming of Denmark, son of Prince Axel of Denmark and Princess Margaretha of Sweden, who became a Count of Rosenborg and gave up his place in the line of succession due to his marriage to a commoner. The couple had four children and remained happily married until his death in 2002. While the Count was away on naval duties, the Countess often went to Sweden to stay with his grandmother, Princess Ingeborg, and the family always spent Christmas with the Norwegian Royal Family, being welcomed by King Haakon with the words: ‘We are not as dangerous as we look like’. The couple were also close to his Danish, Belgian and Luxembourg Royal cousins. After the Count’s retirement, the couple resided in France and Britain, with Countess Ruth returning to Denmark after his death, where she passed away in 2010.