Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth
Count Jefferson von Pfeil and Klein-Ellguth
|Other names||Jefferson-Friedrich Volker Benjamin|
|Title||Count von Pfeil and Klein-Ellguth|
Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
(m. 1998; div. 2017)
|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
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.
They have two children:
- Count Friedrich Richard Oscar Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (born 14 September 1999 at the Rigshospitalet). Count Richard was christened in the chapel of Schloss Berleburg, Berleburg, Germany, on 18 December 1999. His godparents are Gustav, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (maternal uncle), Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark (mother's maternal first cousin), Prince Philipp of Hesse, (mother's paternal cousin) Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, Countess Andrea of Pfeil-Haag, and Nadine Kettaneh-Farah (father's cousin). He is named after his grandfather Prince Richard von Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.
- Countess Ingrid Alexandra Irma Astrid Benedikte von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (born 16 August 2003, at Rigshospitalet the Copenhagen University Hospital). Countess Ingrid was christened at the chapel, Schloss Berleburg, Berleburg, Germany. Her godparents are Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (maternal aunt), Countess Bettina von Pfeil and Klein-Ellguth (paternal aunt), Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark (mother's maternal first cousin), Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark (mother's maternal first cousin) and Prince Georg of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Hohenstein, Martin Bleyer. She is named after her great-grandmother Ingrid of Sweden.
The couple announced their intention to divorce in May 2017. 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.
Titles and styles
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.
- Danish Monarchy official website
- (11 June 1998) "Princess says 'I do.' Copenhagen Post online
- "Danish Royal Watchers: Alexandra & Jefferson: an interview". Retrieved 30 May 2016.
- Article Allgemeine Zeitung
- Endnu en skilsmisse rammer det danske kongehus BT.dk, 17 May 2017
- (In French) "Mariage royal : La princesse Alexandra a dit oui au comte Michael", PurePeople (PureMédias), 24 May 2019.