Princess Margaret of Denmark

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Princess Margaret
Princess René of Bourbon-Parma
Princess Margaret of Denmark.jpg
Born(1895-09-17)17 September 1895
Bernstorff Palace, Gentofte, Denmark
Died18 September 1992(1992-09-18) (aged 97)
Copenhagen, Denmark
(m. 1921; died 1962)
IssuePrince Jacques
Anne, Queen of Romania
Prince Michel
Prince André
Margrethe Françoise Louise Marie Helene
FatherPrince Valdemar of Denmark
MotherPrincess Marie of Orleans
ReligionRoman Catholicism

Princess Margaret of Denmark (Margrethe Françoise Louise Marie Helene; 17 September 1895 – 18 September 1992) was a Danish princess by birth and a princess of Bourbon-Parma as the wife of Prince René of Bourbon-Parma. She was the youngest grandchild of Christian IX of Denmark and Queen Louise.


Early life[edit]

Bernstorff Palace: Princess Margaret's birthplace

Princess Margaret was born on 17 September 1895, in Bernstorff Palace north of Copenhagen.[1] She was the fifth child and only daughter of Prince Valdemar of Denmark, and his wife Princess Marie of Orléans.[2] Her father was a younger son of King Christian IX of Denmark and Louise of Hesse-Kassel, and her mother was the eldest daughter of Prince Robert, Duke of Chartres and Princess Françoise of Orléans. Her parents' marriage was said to be a political match.[3] Her parents had agreed beforehand that all their sons would be raised Lutheran, their father's creed, and all their daughters Roman Catholic, their mother's faith. She was therefore the first Danish princess since the Reformation raised a Roman Catholic. She was named for her mother's sister Princess Marguerite d'Orléans.[4] Her mother died in 1909.


Princess Margaret on her wedding day in 1921

She married a Catholic prince, her mother's relative, Prince René of Bourbon-Parma (Schwarzau, 17 October 1894 – Hellerup, Copenhagen, 30 July 1962) on 9 June 1921 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Copenhagen. His father was Robert I, Duke of Parma. His mother was the Duke's second wife Princess Maria Antonia, daughter of the exiled King Miguel I of Portugal. René was the brother of Empress Zita of Austria and of Felix, the consort of Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.

René and Margrethe had four children:

Later life[edit]

The family was poor compared to other royalty. They chiefly resided in France, where all of their children were born.[5] In 1939 the family fled from the Nazis and escaped to Spain. From there they went to Portugal and then to the United States. There, in New York, Margrethe made a living making hats while her husband worked at a gas company and her daughter as a shop assistant.[6] They returned to Paris after the war.[5] In June 1951, Margaret was travelling in a car her husband was driving when they ran over a 22-year-old man, Jaja Sorensen, who died soon after being taken to hospital.[7] She died one day after her 97th birthday, on the 69th birthday of her daughter Anne. She was the last child of Prince Valdemar and the longest lived and last grandchild of Christian IX.



  1. ^ McNaughton, C. Arnold (1973). The Book of Kings: A Royal Genealogy. 1. London, U.K.: Garnstone Press. p. 451.
  2. ^ Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh (1977). Burke's Royal Families of the World. 1. London, U.K.: Burke's Peerage Ltd. p. 70.
  3. ^ "Royal Marriage Bells". The New York Times. Eu, France. 22 October 1885.
  4. ^ Beéche, Arturo E.; Miller, Ilana D. (2015). Royal Gatherings, Volume II: 1914–1939. California: Eurohistory. p. 98. ISBN 9780985460389.
  5. ^ a b Beéche, p. 93
  6. ^ "Queen Anne of Romania – obituary". Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  7. ^ See of 19 June 1951