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Count Christian
Count Christian of Rosenborg
Spouse Anne-Dorthe Maltoft-Nielsen
Issue
Countess Josephine
Countess Camille
Countess Feodora
Full name
Christian Frederik Franz Knud Harald Carl Oluf Gustav Georg Erik
House House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Father Knud, Hereditary Prince of Denmark
Mother Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark
Born 22 October 1942 (1942-10-22) (age 67)
Sorgenfri Palace, Lyngby-Taarbæk, Copenhagen, Denmark

Count Christian of Rosenborg, a former Danish and Icelandic prince (Danish: Prins Christian Frederik Franz Knud Harald Carl Oluf Gustav Georg Erik til Danmark) now Grev Christian af Rosenborg (born 22 October 1942), who was high in the line of hereditary succession to the throne of Denmark until the new right of females of the royal family to inherit the crown displaced his branch of the dynasty in favor of his cousin Princess Margrethe and her two younger sisters in 1953.

He was born at Sorgenfri Palace, Sorgenfri, as His Highness Prince Christian of Denmark. He was the younger son of HRH Knud, Hereditary Prince of Denmark, by his wife (and first cousin) Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark.

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Loss of place in succession

Until the change in the Danish constitution in 1953, Christian stood only after his father and elder brother, Prince Ingolf, in the order of succession to the throne. His father was then the heir presumptive, due to succeed his uncle King Frederick IX, who had three daughters but no sons.

Loss of dynastic rights

Christian was relegated to sixth in the order of succession from 1953. However, in 1971 he altogether lost his right of succession to the throne by marrying without having received the royal assent of the monarch in the Council of State.

The king's permission to marry was not sought because it was expected to be denied, since Christian's fiancée was an untitled commoner[1] (at that time, the only non-royal spouses whose marriages to Danish dynasts had been officially approved were those who were known by the kind of courtesy titles typical of Europe's hereditary nobility, i.e. Anne, Viscountess Anson née Bowes-Lyon, and comte Henri de Laborde de Monpezat). Christian was given the title Count of Rosenborg and the style of Your Excellency, as was customary in the twentieth century for Danish princes who renounced or forfeited their dynastic rights.

Prior to his elder son's wedding in 1968, Prince Knud sought to convince his brother that Ingolf should be allowed to retain his royal title after his non-dynastic marriage, a privilege which might have been subsequently extended to Christian.[2] But the king refused, on the grounds that other males of the dynasty, who had been demoted to Counts of Rosenborg upon marriage, might try to re-claim their royal rank if Ingolf were allowed to do so despite his marrying a commoner as they had done.[2] So, in 1971, Christian renounced his rights to the throne and took the title Count of Rosenborg.

On 27 February 1971, at Lyngby, Denmark Christian married Anne-Dorthe Maltoft-Nielsen (who thus became Her Excellency Anne-Dorthe, Countess of Rosenborg). She was born in Copenhagen on 3 October 1947. Although lacking the prior royal assent of the monarch given in the Council of State that the law required, the king expressed no personal opposition to his nephew's choice of bride and, according to Christian, the king's private consent later had to be formally registered by the King-in-Council.[3] In a 1985 interview with Billed-Bladet, Count Christian had explained (translated from Danish):

As protocol dictates, I had to ask my uncle, King Frederick IX, if he had any objections to my getting engaged...I knew I would have to renounce my title of prince and my right of succession if I married her. I was number four in the line of succession after Princess Margrethe, Princess Benedikte, and my father. My brother, Ingolf, had two years previously lost his princely title and succession right when he married a commoner, Countess Inge. Now I was ready to follow him. To me, it didn't matter if I were in line for the throne or not...My uncle, of course, had nothing against a union between Anne Dorte and me.[1]

Children

Christian and Anne-Dorthe have three children:

  • Countess Josephine Caroline Elisabeth of Rosenborg (b. 29 October 1972 at Frederikssund), married 3 October 1998 at Lyngby, Thomas Christian Schmidt (b. 22 April 1970 at Copenhagen); two children:
    • Julius Christian Emil Schmidt af Rosenborg (b. 1 December 2001 at Copenhagen)
    • Clara Dorte Elisabeth Schmidt af Rosenborg (b. 26 November 2004 at Copenhagen)
  • Countess Camilla/Camille Alexandrine Cristine of Rosenborg (b. 29 October 1972 at Frederikssund), married 18 May 1995 at Søllerød to Mikael Rosanes (b. 8 February 1952); four children:
    • Anastasia Caroline Amalie Rosanes af Rosenborg (b. 24 November 1997 at Gentofte)
    • Ludwig Christian Mikael Rosanes af Rosenborg (b. 5 June 2000 at Sønderborg Sygehus)
    • Leopold Christian Ingolf Rosanes af Rosenborg (b. 15 April 2005 at Gentofte)
    • Theodor Christian Emanuel Rosanes af Rosenborg (b. 19 June 2008)
  • Countess Feodora Mathilde Helena of Rosenborg (b. 27 February 1975 at Frederikssund), married firstly on 31 July 2004 at Holmens Kirke, Copenhagen, to Eric Hervé Patrice Patte (b. 20 August 1976 at Pont-à-Mousson), and divorced in 2005, without issue. Feodora married secondly Morten Rønnow. The wedding was held on 8 September/9 September 2008 in Copenhagen. They have a daughter:
    • Caroline-Mathilde Margrethe Rønnow (b. 1 February 2009) at Copenhagen.

Public life

Count Christian takes part in some major public events associated with the royal family: in 2004, he and Countess Anne-Dorte attended the wedding on 14 May 2004 of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark at Copenhagen Cathedral,Copenhagen [4] and the subsequent reception at Fredensborg Palace.[5] They also attended the Memorial Service in honour of Empress Maria Feodorovna held on 22 September 2006.[6] They were included in the official guest-list as members of the Danish Royal Family when they attended the luncheon to celebrate the 75th birthday of Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark at Fredensborg Palace on 11 June 2009. [7]

Ancestry

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b Billed-Bladet, (Interview with Count Christian of Rosenborg), 1985, Danish
  2. ^ a b Familie-Journalen, (Interview with Count Ingolf of Rosenborg), 14 May 1990, Danish
  3. ^ Billed-Bladet, (Interview with Count Christian of Rosenborg), 1992, #39, Danish
  4. ^ Kongehuset - Artikel
  5. ^ Kongehuset - Artikel
  6. ^ Kongehuset - Aktuelt - Nyheder
  7. ^ http://kongehuset.dk/publish.php?id=21596

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Template:Infobox Danish Royalty Count Christian of Rosenborg, a former Danish and Icelandish prince (Danish: Prins Christian Frederik Franz Knud Harald Carl Oluf Gustav Georg Erik til Danmark) now Grev Christian af Rosenborg (born 22 October 1942), who was high in the line of hereditary succession to the throne of Denmark until the new right of females of the royal family to inherit the crown displaced his branch of the dynasty in favor of his cousin Princess Margrethe and her two younger sisters in 1953.

He was born at Sorgenfri Palace, Sorgenfri, as His Highness Prince Christian of Denmark. He was the younger son of HRH Knud, Hereditary Prince of Denmark, by his wife (and first cousin) Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark.

Contents

Loss of place in succession

Until the change in the Danish constitution in 1953, Christian stood only after his father and elder brother, Prince Ingolf, in the order of succession to the throne. His father was then the heir presumptive, due to succeed his uncle King Frederick IX, who had three daughters but no sons.

Loss of dynastic rights

Christian was relegated to sixth in the order of succession from 1953. However, in 1971 he altogether lost his right of succession to the throne by marrying without having received the royal assent of the monarch in the Council of State.

The king's permission to marry was not sought because it was expected to be denied, since Christian's fiancée was an untitled commoner[1] (at that time, the only non-royal spouses whose marriages to Danish dynasts had been officially approved were those who were known by the kind of courtesy titles typical of Europe's hereditary nobility, i.e. Anne, Viscountess Anson née Bowes-Lyon, and comte Henri de Laborde de Monpezat). Christian was given the title Count of Rosenborg and the style of Your Excellency, as was customary in the twentieth century for Danish princes who renounced or forfeited their dynastic rights.

Prior to his elder son's wedding in 1968, Prince Knud sought to convince his brother that Ingolf should be allowed to retain his royal title after his non-dynastic marriage, a privilege which might have been subsequently extended to Christian.[2] But the king refused, on the grounds that other males of the dynasty, who had been demoted to Counts of Rosenborg upon marriage, might try to re-claim their royal rank if Ingolf were allowed to do so despite his marrying a commoner as they had done.[2] So, in 1971, Christian renounced his rights to the throne and took the title Count of Rosenborg.

On 27 February 1971, at Lyngby, Denmark Christian married Anne-Dorthe Maltoft-Nielsen (who thus became Her Excellency Anne-Dorthe, Countess of Rosenborg). She was born in Copenhagen on 3 October 1947. Although lacking the prior royal assent of the monarch given in the Council of State that the law required, the king expressed no personal opposition to his nephew's choice of bride and, according to Christian, the king's private consent later had to be formally registered by the King-in-Council.[3] In a 1985 interview with Billed-Bladet, Count Christian had explained (translated from Danish):

As protocol dictates, I had to ask my uncle, King Frederick IX, if he had any objections to my getting engaged...I knew I would have to renounce my title of prince and my right of succession if I married her. I was number four in the line of succession after Princess Margrethe, Princess Benedikte, and my father. My brother, Ingolf, had two years previously lost his princely title and succession right when he married a commoner, Countess Inge. Now I was ready to follow him. To me, it didn't matter if I were in line for the throne or not...My uncle, of course, had nothing against a union between Anne Dorte and me.[1]

Children

Christian and Anne-Dorthe have three children:

  • Countess Josephine Caroline Elisabeth of Rosenborg (b. 29 October 1972 at Frederikssund), married 3 October, 1998 at Lyngby, Thomas Christian Schmidt (b. 22 April, 1970 at Copenhagen); two children:
    • Julius Christian Emil Schmidt af Rosenborg (b. 1 December, 2001 at Copenhagen)
    • Clara Dorte Elisabeth Schmidt af Rosenborg (b. 26 November, 2004 at Copenhagen)
  • Countess Camilla/Camille Alexandrine Cristine of Rosenborg (b. 29 October 1972 at Frederikssund), married 18 May, 1995 at Søllerød to Mikael Rosanes (b. 8 February, 1952); four children:
    • Anastasia Caroline Amalie Rosanes af Rosenborg (b. 24 November, 1997 at Gentofte)
    • Ludwig Christian Mikael Rosanes af Rosenborg (b. 5 June, 2000 at Sønderborg Sygehus)
    • Leopold Christian Ingolf Rosanes af Rosenborg (b. 15 April, 2005 at Gentofte)
    • Theodor Christian Emanuel Rosanes af Rosenborg (b. 19 June, 2008)
  • Countess Feodora Mathilde Helena of Rosenborg (b. 27 February 1975 at Frederikssund), married firstly on 31 July, 2004 at Holmens Kirke, Copenhagen, to Eric Hervé Patrice Patte (b. 20 August, 1976 at Pont-à-Mousson), and divorced in 2005, without issue. Feodora married secondly Morten Rønnow. The wedding was held on 8 September/9 September, 2008 in Copenhagen. They have a daughter:
    • Caroline-Mathilde Margrethe Rønnow (b. 1 February, 2009) at Copenhagen.

Public life

Count Christian takes part in some major public events associated with the royal family: in 2004, he and Countess Anne-Dorte attended the wedding on 14 May 2004 of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark at Copenhagen Cathedral,Copenhagen [4] and the subsequent reception at Fredensborg Palace.[5] They also attended the Memorial Service in honour of Empress Maria Feodorovna held on 22 September 2006.[6]

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Billed-Bladet, (Interview with Count Christian of Rosenborg), 1985, Danish
  2. 2.0 2.1 Familie-Journalen, (Interview with Count Ingolf of Rosenborg), 14 May 1990, Danish
  3. Billed-Bladet, (Interview with Count Christian of Rosenborg), 1992, #39, Danish
  4. Kongehuset - Artikel
  5. Kongehuset - Artikel
  6. Kongehuset - Aktuelt - Nyheder

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