Princess Alexandrine-Louise of Denmark

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Princess Alexandrine-Louise
Countess Luitpold of Castell-Castell
Spouse Count Luitpold of Castell-Castell
Issue Countess Amélie
Countess Thyra
Count Otto
Full name
Alexandrine-Louise Caroline-Mathilde Dagmar
House House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
House of Lippe
Father Prince Harald of Denmark
Mother Princess Helena Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Born (1914-12-12)12 December 1914
Jægersborghus, Copenhagen, Denmark
Died 26 April 1962(1962-04-26) (aged 47)
Copenhagen, Denmark

Princess Alexandrine-Louise of Denmark and Iceland (Alexandrine-Louise Caroline-Mathilde Dagmar) (12 December 1914 – 26 April 1962) was a Danish princess as a daughter of Prince Harald of Denmark and granddaughter of Frederick VIII of Denmark.[1]

As the wife of Count Luitpold of Castell-Castell she became a countess of Castell-Castell by marriage.[1]

Early life[edit]

Princess Alexandrine-Louise's birthplace Jægersborghus in 1909.

Princess Alexandrine-Louise was born on 12 December 1914 at the Jægersborghus country house in Gentofte north of Copenhagen, Denmark.[1]

She was the third child and daughter of Prince Harald of Denmark, son of King Frederick VIII of Denmark and Princess Louise of Sweden. Her mother was Princess Helena of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, daughter of Friedrich Ferdinand, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg and Princess Karoline Mathilde of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg.[1]

Marriage and issue[edit]

Before her marriage, Alexandrine-Louise was frequently mentioned as a possible queen consort to Edward VIII of the United Kingdom.[2][3]

On 24 August 1936, her engagement to Count Luitpold of Castell-Castell, eldest child and son of Count Otto Friedrich of Castell-Castell and his wife, Princess Amélie of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg, was announced by special permission of Alexandrine-Louise's uncle Christian X of Denmark.[2][3][4] The couple had met for the first time in Berlin during the 1936 Summer Olympics.[4] Following their first meeting, Luitpold and Alexandrine-Louise spent nearly every day together.[4] Before her departure from Berlin, Luitpold proposed marriage and Alexandrine-Louise accepted.[4] At the time of their engagement announcement, Luitpold was a law student residing in Munich.[4]

Luitpold and Alexandrine-Louise were married on 22 January 1937 at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark.[1][5][6] Footage of the wedding on nitrate film is preserved by the Danish Film Institute in their bunker archive for nitrate film at Store Dyrehave in Hillerød.[7][8] According to the film archivist Karin Bonde Johansen regarding the scenes captured by the film, "the atmosphere looks cheerful and wild looking, but unfortunately there is no audio to the footage."[7]

The couple had three children:[1]

  • Amélie Alexandrine Helene Caroline Mathilde Pauline (b. Berlin 25 May 1938); m. Hochburg (civil) 3 September 1965 (religious) 5 September 1965 Oscar Ritter von Miller zu Aichholz (b. Vienna 7 July 1934)
  • Thyra Antonie Marie-Therese Feodora Agnes (b. Berlin 14 September 1939); m. Copenhagen 3 November 1961 Karl Moritz Moes (b. Copenhagen 17 October 1937)
  • Otto-Luitpold Gustav Friedrich Christian Harald Carl (Berlin 13 March 1942 – Berlin 19 March 1943)

Later life[edit]

Count Luitpold was killed in action in World War II in Bankya near Sofia, Bulgaria on 6/8 November 1941.[1]

Countess Alexandrine-Louise died in Copenhagen on 26 April 1962.[9]

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 12 December 1914 – 22 January 1937: Her Highness Princess Alexandrine-Louise of Denmark
  • 22 January 1937 – 26 April 1962: Her Highness Princess Alexandrine, Countess Luitpold of Castell-Castell

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Darryl Lundy (23 February 2007). "Alexandrine-Louise zu Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, Princess of Denmark". thePeerage.com. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  2. ^ a b Time Staff (31 August 1936), "Milestones, Aug. 31, 1936", Time, retrieved 2010-08-22 
  3. ^ a b Associated Press (24 August 1936), "Danish Princess Will Marry Count", Sarasota Herald, retrieved 2010-08-22 
  4. ^ a b c d e Evening Post Staff (18 September 1936), "King Christian's Niece", Evening Post, retrieved 2010-08-22 
  5. ^ Time Staff (1 February 1937), "Milestones, Feb. 1, 1937", Time, retrieved 2010-08-22 
  6. ^ Finansministeriet Slots- og Ejendomsstyrelsen. "Kongelige begivenheder i Christiansborg Slotskirke". Finansministeriet Slots- og Ejendomsstyrelsen. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  7. ^ a b Karin Bonde Johansen (June–August 2005). "DET NYE NITRATARKIV". Det Danske Filminstitut. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  8. ^ Tækker, Christina (November 2006), "Fy og Bi skal opbevares i koldkrigsbunker", COWIfeature, retrieved 2010-08-22 
  9. ^ http://www.thepeerage.com/p10334.htm#i103339