Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth

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Count Jefferson von Pfeil and Klein-Ellguth
Born (1967-07-12) 12 July 1967 (age 52)
Other namesJefferson-Friedrich Volker Benjamin
TitleCount von Pfeil and Klein-Ellguth
ChildrenCount Richard
Countess Ingrid
Parent(s)Count Friedrich-August von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth
Astrid Maria Andres

Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (Jefferson-Friedrich Volker Benjamin Graf von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth, born 12 July 1967) is the son of German Count Friedrich-August Rüdiger Albrecht von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth and Astrid Maria Andres.

Marriage and family[edit]

He married Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg on 6 June 1998,[1] becoming the husband of a member of the Danish royal family.

Princess Alexandra is the daughter of Princess Benedikte of Denmark, whose elder sister is Queen Margrethe II. The couple were married at Gråsten Palace, the Danish royal family's summer residence in southern Jutland. According to an article in the Copenhagen Post, Princess Alexandra was granted Danish citizenship just prior to her marriage. The couple were sweethearts during their childhood years at Louisenlund school, in Germany.[2]

The couple resided in Paris, where Count Jefferson was a managing director of the Swiss bank Sal. Oppenheim.[3]

Since 2013 they lived in Heidesheim, Germany, near Mainz.[4] They were always among the Danish royal family for the summer holidays at Gråsten Palace.

They have two children:

The couple announced their intention to divorce in May 2017.[5] On 18th of May 2019 Princess Alexandra married Count Michael Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille (b. 26 February 1965), a member of an ancient Danish noble family.[6]

Titles and styles[edit]

In Germany titles were abolished after the First World War, and incorporated into the surname. Jefferson's title in pretence is Graf, the English equivalent of Count. In Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, he would be known as a Greve.

He is styled as Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth.


  1. ^ Danish Monarchy official website
  2. ^ (11 June 1998) "Princess says 'I do.' Copenhagen Post online
  3. ^ "Danish Royal Watchers: Alexandra & Jefferson: an interview". Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  4. ^ Article Allgemeine Zeitung
  5. ^ Endnu en skilsmisse rammer det danske kongehus, 17 May 2017
  6. ^ (In French) "Mariage royal : La princesse Alexandra a dit oui au comte Michael", PurePeople (PureMédias), 24 May 2019.