Princess Dagmar of Denmark

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This article is about the daughter of Frederick VIII of Denmark. For information on Princess Dagmar, the daughter of Christian IX of Denmark who became Empress of Russia, see Maria Feodorovna (Dagmar of Denmark).
Princess Dagmar
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Born (1890-05-23)23 May 1890
Charlottenlund Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark
Died 11 October 1961(1961-10-11) (aged 71)
Kongstedlund, Denmark
Spouse Jørgen Castenskjold
Issue Carl Castenskjold
Christian Castenskjold
Jørgen Castenskjold
Dagmar Castenskjold
Christian Frederik Castenskjold (died young)
Full name
Dagmar Louise Elisabeth
House Glücksburg
Father Frederick VIII of Denmark
Mother Lovisa of Sweden

Princess Dagmar of Denmark (Dagmar Louise Elisabeth; 23 May 1890 – 11 October 1961) was the youngest child and fourth daughter of Frederick VIII of Denmark and his wife, Princess Louise of Sweden and Norway.

Princess Dagmar was born at Charlottenlund, Denmark. She was named after her paternal aunt, the Empress Maria Fydorovna, who was born Princess Dagmar of Denmark.

She was married in Fredensborg, Denmark on 23 November 1922 to Jørgen Castenskjold (Copenhagen, 30 November 1893 – Rungsted, 21 November 1978), son of Anton Castenskiold (1860–1940), Royal Danish Court Chamberlain, and wife Sophie Steensen-Leth (1870–1947), from Danish Nobility.[1] They had five children:

  • Carl Frederik Anton Jørgen Castenskjold (Kongstedlund, Denmark: 13 November 1923 – 14 April 2006), married Bente Grevenkop-Castenskiold (5 April 1927 - 22 May 2003)on October 23, 1948, divorced in 1963, and had three children:
  • Christian Ludwig Gustav Fritz Castenskjold (b. Kongstedlund, Denmark: 10 July 1926) married Cecily Abbots (b. 10 August 1927) on November 11, 1952, and had one daughter:
  • Jørgen Frederik Aage Erik Helge Castenskjold (Kongstedlund, Denmark, 16 March 1928 – Næstved, 4 May 1964), married Kirsten Schlichtkrull (b. 24 March 1934) on July 14, 1956, and had two daughters:
  • Dagmar Louise Thyra Sophia Castenskjold (b. Kongstedlund, 11 September 1930 - Solrød, 12 July 2013), married Poul Bitsch (b. Balle, Denmark: 5 October 1930, d. Bronshoj, Denmark: 21 October 1967) on April 4, 1950, and had three children:
    • Eric Jørgen Marius Poul Christian Bitsch (b. Aarhus, Denmark: 9 August 1950), married Anna Oxvang (b. Copenhagen, Denmark: 28 May 1951) and had two children:
    • Hans Jørgen Gorm Bitsch (b. 14 January 1954, Brønshøj, Denmark), married firstly Lena Bilde (b. 1955) in 1978, had one son, and divorced in 1981; married secondly Taimi Elisabeth Pedesk (b. Copenhagen, Denmark: 21 May 1957) on 24 May 1986, and divorced before 1998; and married thirdly Marianne Lykke Jenson (b. Copenhagen, Denmark: 6 April 1963) on April 4, 1998, in Ballerup, Denmark. Son of Hans Jørgen Gorm Bitsch:
      • Poul Jørgen Bitsch (b. 4 August 1977), married Jeanette Blander (Thisted, Denmark: 17 April 1984 - Thisted, Denmark: 29 March 2007) on August 19, 2006, in Thisted, Denmark, and he was widowed less than a year later. He had one son with Janni Henriksen:
        • Oliver Iörgen Bitsch (b. 21 August 2009)
    • Christian Axel Carl Bitsch (b. 18 August 1959, Brønshøj, Denmark), married Pia Brandstrup (b. 14 December 1961, Copenhagen, Denmark) and had three children:
  • Christian Frederik Castenskjold (b. 21 August 1931 – 4 November 1937).

Princess Dagmar died at Kongstedlund, Denmark at the age of 71, as the last surviving child of King Frederick VIII and Queen Louise. She was grandaunt of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, King Harald V of Norway, Kings Baudouin and Albert II of the Belgians; and great-grandaunt of King Philippe of the Belgians and Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg.



  1. ^ Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd, editor, Burke's Royal Families of the World, Volume 1: Europe & Latin America (London, U.K.: Burke's Peerage Ltd, 1977), page 71

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