Princess Benedikte of Denmark

Princess Benedikte
Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
The Prince and Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg in Stockholm on 18 June 2010, at the celebrations of the wedding of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden
Spouse Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Gustav, Hereditary Prince
Alexandra, Countess of Pfeil and Klein-Ellguth
Princess Nathalie, Mrs. Johannsmann
Full name
Benedikte Astrid Ingeborg Ingrid
House House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
House of Sayn-Wittgenstein
Father Frederick IX of Denmark
Mother Ingrid of Sweden
Born 29 April 1944 (1944-04-29) (age 67)
Amalienborg Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark
Danish Royal Family
Royal Coat of Arms of Denmark.svg

HM The Queen
HRH The Prince Consort

HRH Princess Benedikte
HM The Queen of the Hellenes

HH Princess Elisabeth

Princess Benedikte of Denmark, 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.


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


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

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

Children and grandchildren

The children of Princess Benedikte are styled as Highnesses in Denmark by order-in-council. Elsewhere they are Serene Highnesses by courtesy.

Styles of
Princess Benedikte of Denmark
Royal Monogram of Princess Beneditke of Denmark.svg
Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Ma'am

Titles, styles, honours and arms

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.










Princess Benedikte of Denmark
Cadet branch of the House of Oldenburg
Born: 29 April 1944
Danish royalty
Preceded by
Prince Henrik of Denmark
Line of succession to the Danish throne
10th position
Succeeded by
Princess Elisabeth of Denmark
Line of succession to the British throne Succeeded by
The Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

Most of Wikipedia's text and many of its images are licensed under the
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC BY-SA)

Return to Main Index