Princess Margaret of Denmark

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Princess Margaret
Princess René of Bourbon-Parma
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Born (1895-09-17)17 September 1895
Bernstorff Palace, Gentofte, Denmark
Died 18 September 1992(1992-09-18) (aged 97)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Spouse Prince René of Bourbon-Parma
Issue Prince Jacques
Anne, Queen of Romania
Prince Michel
Prince Andre
Father Prince Valdemar of Denmark
Mother Princess Marie of Orleans
Religion Roman Catholicism

Princess Margaret of Denmark (Margrethe Françoise Louise Marie Helene; 17 September 1895, Bernstorff Palace – 18 September 1992, Copenhagen, Denmark) was a princess of Denmark and Iceland by birth and a princess of Bourbon-Parma as the wife of Prince René of Bourbon-Parma


Her parents were Prince Valdemar of Denmark, youngest son of Christian IX of Denmark and Louise of Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel), and Princess Marie d'Orleans. Her parents had agreed beforehand that their all sons will be raised Lutheran, their father's creed, and all their daughters Roman Catholic, their mother's faith. She was the first Danish princess since the Reformation born a Roman Catholic.

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 in Copenhagen. He was the third youngest son (and seventh surviving son) of the many children of 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;

  • Prince Jacques of Bourbon-Parma (9 June 1922 – 5 November 1964); married 1947 to Birgitte Alexandra Maria, Countess of Holstein-Ledreborg (1922–2009). He was a motorsport enthusiast, but died in a traffic accident on a highway in Denmark. They had three children.
  • Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma (born 18 September 1923); married King Michael I of Romania, with issue.
  • Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma (born 4 March 1926); married firstly Princess Yolande de Broglie-Revel; they have five children. Secondly, he married Princess Maria Pia of Savoy; without issue.
  • Prince André of Bourbon-Parma (6 March 1928 – 22 October 2011);

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.[1]

The family was relatively poor. They chiefly resided in France. In 1939 the family fled from the Nazis and escaped to Spain. From there they went to Portugal and then to the United States. She died one day after her 97th birthday, on the 69th birthday of her daughter Anne.



  1. ^ (See of 19 June 1951)