Royal Guests at the Funeral of King Frederick IX of Denmark

Royal Guests and Relatives from around the world joined the Danish Royal Family for the Funeral of King Frederick IX of Denmark at Roskilde Cathedral on this day in 1972 (50 years ago), and to mark the 50th Anniversary today, we are going through the illustrious attendees who honoured the popular ‘Sailor King’ who reigned for 25 years!

The Funeral of King Frederick IX of Denmark

The Danish Royal Family were led by the Dowager Queen Ingrid (widow, wearing her Daisy Brooch), as the new Queen Margrethe II  (eldest daughter and heir, wearing her Wedding Earrings and the Danish Order of the Elephant) and Prince Henrik (son-in-law), King Constantine II (son-in-law) and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece (daughter), Princess Benedikte (daughter) and Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (son-in-law). Extended members of the Danish Royal Family included Hereditary Prince Knud  (brother) and Hereditary Princess Caroline-Mathilde (sister-in-law), Princess Elisabeth of Denmark (niece), Count Ingolf (nephew) and Countess Anne Dorte of Rosenborg, Count Christian of Rosenborg, Princess Margaretha of Sweden and Denmark (cousin)Count Axel and Countess Ruth of Rosenborg, Prince George and Princess Anne of Denmark, and Princess Margaret of Denmark and Bourbon-Parma (cousin).

The Danish Royal Family are very close to their fellow Scandinavian Royal Families, who were out in full force, represented by King Gustaf VI Adolf (father-in-law), Princess Sibylla (sister-in-law) and Prince Bertil of Sweden (brother-in-law) while King Olav V (cousin), Crown Prince Harald and Crown Princess Sonja of Norway were also in attendance. Additionally, Princess Margaretha and John Ambler, Count Sigvard Bernadotte of Wisborg  (brother-in-law) and Countess Marianne Bernadotte of Wisborg, Count Carl Johan Bernadotte  (brother-in-law) and Countess Karin Bernadotte were also in attendance.

Other Royal Guests included Queen Juliana and Crown Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands, King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola of Belgium, Grand Duke Jean and Grand Duchess Joséphine Charlotte of Luxembourg, the Duke of Edinburgh (cousin), Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace of Monaco, King Umberto II of Italy, Louis Ferdinand, the Prince of Prussia (cousin), the Count and Countess of Barcelona, Princess Irene, Prince Michael, Princess Eugenie and Prince Peter of Greece, the Prince and Princess (cousin) of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg, Alexander Ramsay and Flora Fraser, 21st Lady Saltoun, Prince Gholam Reza Pahlavi of Iran and unidentified Ethiopian, Thai, Moroccan, and Lao Princes.


2 thoughts on “Royal Guests at the Funeral of King Frederick IX of Denmark

  1. Such an emotional “scene” when Queen Ingrid curtsies to the coffin. I think it is a lovely tradition and a dramatic and royal gesture. Very interesting to read the list of attendants. I think I have been able to identify the representative from the King of Thailand. He is Prince Bhanubandhu Yugala (as named in Wikipedia) of Thailand (Thai: พระเจ้าวรวงศ์เธอ พระองค์เจ้าภาณุพันธุ์ยุคล). The Prince was a grandson of King Chulalongkorn. As for the representative from Morocco I suspect it was the brother of King Hassan II Prince Moulay Abdallah (though I haven’t found anything in writing to back up my assumption on this yet).
    A few other points to your list. You mention Count Axel just before Countess Ruth of Rosenborg. I suspect you mean Count Flemming here (as he was the one who was married to Countess Ruth)? Also, I cannot see Countess Inge in your list, although I think I can see her in one of the photos. She was of course married to Count Ingolf while Countess Anne Dorte was married to his brother Count Christian of Rosenborg.

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