List of Grand Commanders of the Dannebrog

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Grand Commanders of the Order of the Dannebrog have been appointed by the Sovereign of the Royal Danish Orders of Chivalry, i.e. the Danish monarch, since the general reorganization of the Order by royal letters patent of June 28, 1808. The Grand Commanders form a special class above the three ordinary classes of the Order of the Dannebrog. Thus, they outrank the Knights Grand Cross of the Dannebrog. Together with the Knights of the Order of the Elephant Grand Commanders constitute the Chapter of the Royal Danish Orders of Chivalry.

Grand Commanders are, or have been, either

  • prominent members of the Danish Royal Family,
  • kings and emperors related to the Danish monarch, or,
  • other close relations of royal or princely status who are not members of the Danish Royal Family

Presently eight persons wear the Grand Commander's insignia. They are the seven Grand Commanders and HM Queen Margrethe II, the Sovereign of the Order. By royal ordinance of October 10, 1951 women can be appointed Grand Commanders. Therefore, the women that appear in the list before that date were, strictly speaking, not appointed Grand Commanders as much as awarded the honour of wearing the insignia of a Grand Commander.

Grand Commanders of the Order of the Dannebrog[edit]

Note! The list is currently incomplete

Name Date of appoint. Date of death Notes
Frederik VI, King of Denmark and Norway 1808 03.12.1839 As Sovereign of the Order he wore the insignia of a Grand Commander - From 1814 only King of Denmark 
Christian August, Prince of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg 14.12.1808 28.05.1810 Adopted by King Carl XIII of Sweden in 1809 and created Crown Prince of Sweden under the name of Carl August 
Friedrich, Prince of Hesse-Kassel 16.12.1813 27.02.1845 Brother-in-law and first cousin of King Frederik VI 
Carl, Prince of Hesse-Kassel 10.09.1817 17.08.1836 Father-in-law of King Frederik VI 
Christian VIII, King of Denmark 28.10.1828 20.01.1848 First cousin of King Frederik VI - Appointed while Prince and Heir Presumptive (1808–1839) - Briefly King of Norway in 1814 
Marie, Dowager Queen of Denmark 28.01.1840 22.03.1852 Widow of King Frederik VI 
Frederik VII, King of Denmark 10.06.1841 15.11.1863 Son of King Christian VIII - Appointed while Crown Prince (1839–1848) 
Frederik Ferdinand, Hereditary Prince of Denmark 01.08.1854 29.06.1863 Brother of King Christian VIII - Heir Presumptive (1848–1863) 
Carl XV, King of Sweden and Norway 10.06.1860 19.08.1872 Father-in-law of King Frederik VIII 
Wilhelm, Prince of Hesse-Kassel 10.11.1860 05.09.1867 Brother-in-law of King Christian VIII - Father-in-law of King Christian IX 
Christian IX, King of Denmark 15.11.1863 29.01.1906 On accession to the thrown he became Sovereign of the Order and wore the insignia of a Grand Commander accordingly 
Caroline Amalie, Dowager Queen of Denmark 15.07.1865 09.03.1881 Widow of King Christian VIII 
Frederik VIII, King of Denmark 28.06.1869 14.05.1912 Son of King Christian IX - Appointed while Crown Prince (1863–1906) 
George I, King of the Hellenes 30.06.1871 18.03.1913 Son of King Christian IX 
Louise, Queen of Denmark 07.09.1883 29.09.1898 Consort of King Christian IX 
Alexander III, Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias 09.11.1891 01.11.1894 Son-in-law of King Christian IX 
Nicholas II, Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias 26.11.1894 17.07.1918 Grandson of King Christian IX - His Grand Commander’s insignia were lost after the Revolution of 1917 
Valdemar, Prince of Denmark 21.07.1900 14.01.1939 Son of King Christian IX 
Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom, Emperor of India 09.09.1901 06.05.1910 Son-in-law of King Christian IX 
Christian X, King of Denmark 14.05.1912 20.04.1947 Son of King Frederik VIII - Wore the Grand Commander's insignia as Sovereign of the Order - Also King of Iceland (1918–1944) 
Haakon VII, King of Norway 1912 21.09.1957 Son of King Frederik VIII 
George V, King of the United Kingdom, Emperor of India 09.05.1914 20.01.1936 First cousin of King Christian X 
Constantine I, King of the Hellenes 11.01.1923 First cousin of King Christian X 
Gustaf V, King of Sweden 29.10.1950 First cousin once removed of King Christian X 
George, Prince of Greece and Denmark 25.11.1957 First cousin of King Christian X 
Harald, Prince of Denmark 30.03.1949 Brother of King Christian X 
Frederik IX, King of Denmark 1930s 14.01.1972 Son of King Christian X - Appointed while Crown Prince (1912–1947) 
Knud, Hereditary Prince of Denmark 1930s 14.06.1976 Son of King Christian X 
Axel, Prince of Denmark 14.07.1964 First cousin of King Christian X 
George VI, King of the United Kingdom 24.10.1948 06.02.1952 Second cousin of King Frederik IX 
Paul, King of the Hellenes 1940s 06.03.1964 Second cousin of King Frederik IX 
Prince Viggo, Count of Rosenborg 1940s 04.01.1970 First cousin of King Christian X 
Gustaf VI Adolf, King of Sweden 1950s 15.09.1973 Father-in-law of King Frederik IX 
Alexandrine, Queen of Denmark 1951 28.12.1952 Widow of King Christian X 
Olav V, King of Norway 11.09.1958 17.01.1991 First cousin of King Frederik IX 
Ingrid, Queen of Denmark 11.03.1959 07.11.2000 Consort of King Frederik IX 
Constantine II, King of the Hellenes 12.03.1964[1] Son-in-law of King Frederik IX - Since 1973 ex-King 
Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark 16.04.1974[2][3] Consort of Queen Margrethe II 
Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden 10.04.1975[1] First cousin of Queen Margrethe II 
Harald V, King of Norway 28.10.1991[1] Second cousin of Queen Margrethe II 
Benedikte, Princess of Denmark 27.01.1993[4][5] Sister of Queen Margrethe II 
Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark 01.01.2004[6][7] Son of Queen Margrethe II 
Joachim, Prince of Denmark 16.04.2004[8][9] Son of Queen Margrethe II 

References[edit]

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