Princess Benedikte of Denmark celebrates her 75th birthday on Monday, 29 April 2019, with a new exhibition to celebrate this milestone.

Princess Benedikte of Denmark. Photo: Kongehus/Christina Hauschildt ©

Queen Margrethe will host a birthday dinner in Princess Benedikte’s honour in the Knights’ Hall in Christian VII’s Palace at Amalienborg.

King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid’s second daughter, Benedikte Astrid Ingeborg Ingrid, was born in the Frederick VIII Palace at Amalienborg in 1944, during the Nazi Occupation in Denmark.

The traditional 21-gun salute to mark the royal birth could not take place as the Germans had dissolved the Danish army and Navy.

So the Danish resistance group Holger Danske performed a 21-gun salute of 21 bombs in Ørtedparken, in central Copenhagen, to honour the new princess.

Her baptism took place at the Holmen Church in Copenhagen, with her paternal grandparents Christian X and Queen Alexandrine, Gustav V of Sweden, and Elizabeth II of Great Britain among her godparents.

Princess Benedikte attended a private school, N Zahle’s Skolel, in Copenhagen, Benenden School in England before attending the Swiss finishing school at Brillamont Ecole in Lausanne.

She completed her education with a course in dressmaking and design at Margaretheskolen in 1965.

Princess Benedikte married Richard 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg in the Fredenborg Palace church on 3 February 1968.

They settled in Prince Richard’s birthplace, Scholss Berleburg after the wedding and produced three children, Prince Gustav, Princess Alexandra and Princess Nathalie, but none are in the line of succession as they were raised in Germany, not Denmark.

Her older sister Margrethe became Queen of Denmark in 1972 and her younger sister Princess Anne-Marie married King Constantine II of Greece and Denmark.

At the moment, Princess Benedikte is currently 11th in the line of succession to the Danish throne, as a new Act of Succession came into effect in 1953, allowing female succession to the throne, so a daughter could succeed if she had no brothers.

Princess Benedikte often represents Queen Margrethe at official or semi-official events and is involved in the Scout and Guide organisation, both in Denmark and overseas.

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