Princess Elisabeth of Denmark

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Happy Birthday to Princess Elisabeth of Denmark, cousin of Queen Margrethe of Denmark and Queen Anne Marie of Greece, who turns 82 today. 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. Princess Elisabeth was last seen during the Belgian State Banquet and Return Dinner.

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  1. Not sure about the print on her dress…butterflies, perhaps? I see more than a passing resemblance to a Canada goose. She had an interesting life, esp. her career in the foreign service. Thanks for a great post!

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