The engagement of the second daughter of TM The King and Queen of Denmark to HSH Prince Richard zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Head of the German Princely House with the same name, came as a joyful surprise to the Danish people, despite fears about the nationality of the Princessí fiancť. The couple apparently fell in love during the wedding celebrations of HRH Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands to Mr. Claus von Amsberg, in March 1966. Only one year later and just months before the wedding of the Danish Princessí sister, Hereditary Princess Margrethe, to Count Henri de Laborde de Monpezat, HM The King of Denmark asked for the State Councilís consent for the wedding of his second daughter, the third to marry, since the youngest, HRH Princess Anne-Marie, had become Queen of the Hellenes in 1964 when she married HM King Constantine II.
The announcement, in March 1967, of the engagement of Princess Benedikte was a much more discreet event than had been, months before, the announcement of the Hereditary Princessí engagement. Following the State Council, the couple posed for the press and gave an interview at Fredensborg Palace, in which they disclosed some curiosities about their relationship and spoke about their plans for the future. There was no official banquet but there would a gala in their honour on the days previous to the wedding of HRH Princess Margrethe and Count Henri. At Fredensborg, the Danish sovereigns welcomed more than 200 friends of the royal couple and before the private party, inside the Palace, posed with the two royal couples outside.
HRH Princess Benedikte of Denmark and HSH The Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg during a gala given by the Royal Family of Hesse at Kronberg Castle in 1966, the occasion in which the German Prince asked the Danish Princess in marriage. The Princess wears the Baden Heart Tiara, which belonged to her mother.
In March 1967, on the occasion of their official engagement, the royal couple posed for the Danish and international press at Fredensborg Palace following the State Council at Amalienborg Palace, during which the King of Denmark asked for consent for his daughterís marriage.
A beautiful family photo outside Fredensborg Palace made during the pre-wedding celebrations of HRH Hereditary Princess Margrethe and Count Henri de Laborde de Monpezat. It was actually the official engagement banquet of HRH Princess Benedikte and HSH Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.