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Anne Dorte of Rosenborg

Anne Dorte of Rosenborg

Danish countess
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Danish countess
Gender female
Birth 3 October 1947 (Copenhagen, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark, Kingdom of Denmark)
Death 2 January 2014 (Copenhagen, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark, Kingdom of Denmark)
Star sign Libra
Spouse: Count Christian of Rosenborg
Anne Dorte of Rosenborg
The details

Countess Anne Dorte of Rosenborg (née Anne Dorte Maltoft-Nielsen; October 3, 1947 – January 2, 2014) was a Danish countess and widow of the late Count Christian of Rosenborg (1942–2013), the grandson of King Christian X of Denmark. Prince Christian had to give up his princely rank in order to marry her because she was a commoner. The couple married on February 7, 1971, earning her the title Her Excellency Countess Anne Dorte of Rosenborg.
Since 1991, Anne Dorte and Christian of Rosenborg resided in a detached classical wing of the royal palace Sorgenfri in Lyngby near Copenhagen.

Public life

Sorgenfri Palace

Countess Anne Dorte often took part in major public events associated with the Danish royal family, such as the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik at the Church of Our Lady in Copenhagen, and the subsequent reception at Fredensborg Palace. To the broad public, Anne Dorte was known from tabloids and other media, which covered her public appearance. In interviews, Anne Dorte talked about her life in the Danish royal family and about living at Sorgenfri Palace. Thereby she often gave proof of her charming personality and her quick-wittedness: when Anne Dorte, whose father was an employee at a department store, once was asked by a journalist whether her own family background could be compared to her husband's at all, she answered with a touch of humor: "Oh yes, our families had exactly the same Christmas decorations! Those items were passed down to us from both sides, and now we cannot tell anymore what was on which Christmas tree." In a documentary by the Danish broadcasting company TV3 on the topic of dissimilar couples, Anne Dorte and her husband were portraited. On this occasion, Count Christian assured the interviewer that he took the loss of his princely rank due to his marriage calmly.

End of life

Countess Anne Dorte outlived her husband by only seven months. She was admitted to Gentofte Hospital shortly after Christmas 2013 suffering from throat cancer and respiratory ailments. She died at the hospital in Copenhagen on January 2, 2014, at the age of 66. She was survived by her three daughters, Josephine, Camilla and Feodora, and seven grandchildren. Her funeral was held at the Lyngby Kirke on January 9, 2014. The funeral was, among others, attended by Queen Margrethe II, Princess Elisabeth of Denmark, celebrity hairdresser Tage Hansen and entertainer Johnny Reimar.


  • Countess Camilla of Rosenborg (born 29 October 1972).
  • Countess Josephine of Rosenborg (born 29 October 1972).
  • Countess Feodora of Rosenborg (born 27 February 1975).

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