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Princess Benedikte
Dowager Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (more)

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Spouse Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn Wittgenstein berleburg
Issue
Gustav, Hereditary Prince of Sayn Wittgenstein berleburg
Princess Alexandra of Sayn Wittgenstein berleburg
Princess Nathalie, Duchess of Västerbotten
House House of Glücksburg
House of Sayn-Wittgenstein
Father Frederick IX of Denmark
Mother Ingrid of Sweden
Born 29 April 1944 (1944-04-29) (age 73)
Amalienborg Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark

Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Dowager Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, RE, SKmd (born Princess Benedikte Astrid Ingeborg Ingrid of Denmark; born 29 April 1944), is the second daughter of King Frederick IX of Denmark and Ingrid of Sweden. She is the younger sister of the reigning Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II, and the older sister of Queen Anne-Marie of Greece.

Early lifeEdit

Her godparents were The King and Queen-consort of Denmark, Prince Gustav of Denmark, The King of Sweden, Count Sigvard Bernadotte of Wisborg, Sir Alexander Ramsay, The Queen-consort of the United Kingdom, Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark, Princess Margaret of Denmark, and Princess Ingeborg of Sweden.

Personal lifeEdit

MarriageEdit

Benedikte was married on 3 February 1968 at Fredensborg Palace Church to Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn Wittgenstein berleburg, born in Giessen on 29 October 1934. He is the son of Prince Gustav Albrecht, 5th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1907–1944) and his wife, Margareta Fouché (1909–2005). The King decreed that her children would need to be raised in Denmark in order to have succession rights. Since the condition was not met, Princess Benedikte's three children are not in line to succeed to the throne. The King then decreed before he died that Princess Benedikte's children and their descendants are in line succeed the Danish throne.

ChildrenEdit

The children of Princess Benedikte are styled as Royal Highnesses in Denmark by order-in-council.

Princess Benedikte's youngest child Princess Nathalie and Nathalie's five children are styled Royal Highnesses in Sweden, Denmark and around the world by order-in-council.

Grandchildren Edit

Princess Benedikte and Prince Richard have seven grandchildren:

Royal lifeEdit

Princess Benedikte is very much involved in the scout/guide organization in Denmark as well as internationally. When she was a child, a special scout unit was created, so that she could join the guides. Now her involvement is more at the organisational level as she is chairman for Pigespejdernes fællesråd (Joint Committee of Girl Guides in Denmark). She is protector for De grønne pigespejdere (The Green Girl Guides, Denmark) and Det Danske Spejderkorps (The Danish Guide and Scout Association). In addition she is patron of the Olave Baden Powell Society (OB-PS), a support organisation for the international girl guide/scout organization WAGGGS.

She is an honorary member of the St Georges Guilds in Denmark. In 2007 she was awarded with a prize of honor by this Scout association for adults.

Titles, styles, honors and armsEdit

  • 29 April 1994 - 1947: Her Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark
  • 1947 - 3 February 1968: Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark
  • 3 February 1968 - 13 March 2017 - Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark, The Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
  • 13 March 2017 - Present: Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Dowager Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

HonorsEdit

National Honours

  • Denmark: Knight of the Order of the Elephant (R.E.)
  • Denmark: Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Dannebrog(S.Kmd.)
  • Denmark: Dame of the Royal Family Decoration of King Christian X
  • Denmark: Dame of the Royal Family Decoration of King Frederik IX
  • Denmark: Dame of the Royal Family Decoration of Queen Margrethe II
  • Denmark: Recipient of the Cross of Honour of the Order of the Dannebrog(D.Ht.)
  • Denmark: Recipient of the Homeguard Medal of Merit
  • Denmark: Recipient of the 100th Anniversary Medal of the Birth of King Christian X
  • Denmark: Recipient of the 50th Anniversary Medal of the Arrival of Queen Ingrid to Denmark
  • Denmark: Recipient of the 50th Birthday Medal of Queen Margrethe II
  • Denmark: Recipient of the Silver Anniversary Medal of Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik
  • Denmark: Recipient of the Silver Jubilee Medal of Queen Margrethe II
  • Denmark: Recipient of the 100th Anniversary Medal of the Birth of King Frederik IX
  • Denmark: Recipient of the Queen Ingrid Commemorative Medal
  • Denmark: Recipient of the 75th Birthday Medal of Prince Henrik
  • Denmark: Recipient of the 350th Anniversary Medal of the Royal Danish Life Guards
  • Denmark: Recipient of the 70th Birthday Medal of Queen Margrethe II
  • Denmark: Recipient of the Ruby Jubilee Medal of Queen Margrethe II
  • Denmark: Recipient of the 400th Anniversary Medal of the Guard Hussar Regiment
  • Denmark: Recipient of the 75th Birthday Medal of Queen Margrethe II

Foreign Honours Edit

  • Argentina: Grand Cross of Order of the Liberator General San Martín
  • Belgium: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown
  • Finland: Grand Cross of the Order of the White Rose
  • Germany: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, 1st Class
  • Greek Royal Family: Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Saints Olga and Sophia
  • Iceland: Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcon
  • Iranian Imperial Family: Knight Grand Cordon of the Imperial Order of the Crown
  • Italy: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
    • Two Sicilian Royal Family: Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Francis I
  • Luxembourg: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Adolphe of Nassau
  • Mexico: Grand Cross of the Order of the Aztec Eagle
  • Monaco: Knight Grand Officer of the Order of the Crown
  • Netherlands: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown
  • Netherlands: Recipient of the Wedding Medal of Princess Beatrix, Princess of Orange and Claus Van Amsberg
  • Norway: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Olav
  • Spain: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic
  • Sweden: Member Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Polar Star
  • Sweden: Recipient of the 50th Birthday Badge Medal of King Carl XVI Gustaf[
  • Sweden: Recipient of the Ruby Jubilee Badge Medal of King Carl XVI Gustaf
  • Sweden: Recipient of the 70th Birthday Badge Medal of King Carl XVI Gustaf
  • Tunisia: Grand Officer of the Order of the Republic
  • Vatican
    • Holy See: Knight of the Decoration of Honour

Partonages Edit

  • Denmark: Chairman of the Joint Committee of Girl Guides in Denmark[54]
  • Denmark: Protector of the Green Girl Guides[55]
  • Denmark: Protector of the The Danish Guide and Scout Association[56]
  • Denmark: Patron of the Danish World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
  • Denmark: Patron of the Danish Dressage
  • Denmark: Patron of the Danish International Federation for Equestrian Sports
  • Denmark: Patron Award of the Danish Warmblood Society
  • Denmark: Patron of the Alzheimer's Association
  • Denmark: Honorary Member of the Guild of St George in Denmark

Foreign Edit

  • South Korea: Honorary Doctorate of the Seoul Women's University
  • United Kingdom: Patron of the Olave Baden-Powell Society

ArmsEdit

Mr Bjarne Erbo Grønfeldt, Deputy Private Secretary to HM The Queen, confirms that HRH Princess Benedikte of Denmark's coat of arms consists of a shield of her late father's coat of arms supported by two savages holding clubs, surrounded by the Order of the Elephant, all under a canopy ensigned with a crown of her rank.

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