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Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte Astrid Ingeborg Ingrid of Denmark was born on the 29th April 1944 at Amalienborg Palace, in Copenhagen, the second daughter of TRH Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Ingrid of Denmark, later King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid. The Princess had an education similar to the one of her sisters, HRH Hereditary (later Queen) Margrethe and HRH Princess Anne-Marie, later Queen of The Hellenes. Her love for horses definitely marked her life, the beautiful Princess often finding friends in the world of horsemanship.

On the left, HRH Princess Benedikte during a visit to the Pope at the Vatican. On the right, the Princess walks down the gala staircase of the Royal Palace of Athens with the then Crown Prince of Greece, HRH Prince Constantine, her future brother-in-law.

After much speculation over possible marriages to different European Crown Princes, the Danish Princess married on the 3rd February 1968, in the Chapel of Fredensborg Palace, His Serene Highness Prince Richard zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, born on the 29th October 1934. Prince Richard was the son of HSH Prince Gustav Albrecht zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Princess Marguerite zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (born Fouché). The Prince’s father went missing in action in Russia in 1944 and Princess Marguerite raised her five children alone. Prince Richard was the eldest and thus Head of the House and Fürst of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg after the death of his father, although Prince Gustav was only declared death in November 1969.

The Danish Princess and the German Prince met and apparently fell in love in Amsterdam, during the wedding celebrations of HRH Princess Beatrix and Claus von Amsberg. Prince Richard proposed in Kronberg during a celebration of the Royal Family of Hesse and the engagement was announced in March 1968. The couple has 3 children: HSH Prince Gustav zu-Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg was born on the 12th January 1969 and is the heir to the Headship of the Mediatized Princely House. HSH Princess Alexandra zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg was born on the 20th November 1970 and HSH Princess Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, born on the 2nd May 1975

On the left, a beautiful official wedding photo of the royal couple. On the right, Princess Benedikte and Prince Richard attend a gala in Germany.

Princess Alexandra married Count Jefferson Friedrich von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth on the 6th June 1998 at Graasten Palace. The Princess is by marriage Countess von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth and has two children, presently the only grandchildren of HRH Princess Benedikte and HSH Prince Richard: Count Friedrich Richard Oscar Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth, born on the 14th September 1999 and Countess Ingrid von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth, born on the 16th August 2003.

Princess Benedikte and Prince Richard have lived all these years between Berleburg Castle in Germany and their apartment at Amalienborg Palace, in Copenhagen. HRH Princess Benedikte is the patroness of a large number of organisations, associations and foundations. The Prince has recently suffered treatment for cancer and is presently recovering.

Two pictures of the couple in grand gala, on the left attending the wedding banquet of their daughter, HSH Princess Alexandra, in Graasten in 1998.

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