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Prince Valdemar of Denmark

Prince Valdemar of Denmark

Danish prince
The basics
Quick Facts
Occupations Military personnel
Countries Denmark
Gender male
Birth October 27, 1858 (Bernstorff Palace, Gentofte Municipality, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark)
Death January 14, 1939 (Copenhagen, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark, Kingdom of Denmark)
Mother: Louise of Hesse-Kassel
Father: Christian IX of Denmark
Siblings: Frederick VIII of DenmarkGeorge I of GreeceAlexandra of DenmarkMaria FeodorovnaPrincess Thyra of Denmark
Spouse: Princess Marie of Orléans
Children: Count Viggo of RosenborgPrince Axel of DenmarkCount Aage of RosenborgCount Erik of RosenborgPrincess Margaret of Denmark
The details

Prince Valdemar of Denmark, GCTE (27 October 1858 – 14 January 1939) was the third son and youngest child of Christian IX and Louise of Hesse-Kassel. He had a lifelong naval career.

Early life

Prince Valdemar with his father Christian IX of Denmark

Prince Valdemar was born on 27 October 1858 at Bernstorff Palace in Gentofte north of Copenhagen. His father was Prince Christian of Denmark, later King Christian IX. His mother was Princess Louise of Hesse-Kassel. He was baptised on 21 December 1858.

In March 1863, the Danish royal family, including four-year-old Valdemar, travelled to London for the wedding of his eldest sister, Alexandra, to the Prince of Wales, the son and heir of Queen Victoria. That November, his parents succeeded to the throne of Denmark following the death of King Frederick VII.

Prince Valdemar received his early education from tutors. In the summer of 1874, he accompanied his father during his visit to Iceland for the millennium celebrations. After his confirmation in 1874, as was customary for princes at that time, he started a military education and entered the naval college. In 1879, he was sub-lieutenant and in 1880 lieutenant. In the following years, he participated in several naval expeditions. From 1883, Valdemar lived at Bernstorff Palace near Copenhagen with his nephew Prince George of Greece, who had been taken as a boy to Denmark to be enlisted in the Danish royal navy, and be consigned to the care of Valdemar, who was an admiral in the Danish fleet. Feeling abandoned by his father on this occasion, George would later describe to his fiancée the profound attachment he developed for his uncle from that day forward.


Prince Valdemar's wife Princess Marie of Orléans.

He married Princess Marie d'Orleans on 20 October 1885 in a civil ceremony in Paris. They had a religious ceremony on 22 October 1885 at the Château d'Eu, the residence of Prince Philippe, Count of Paris. The wedding was believed by one source to have been politically arranged, and in France, it was believed that the Count of Paris (the bride's uncle) was personally responsible for the match. However, the same source claimed that "there was every reason to believe that [it was] a genuine love match". At the time of their marriage, it was decided that any sons would be brought up in Valdemar's Lutheran faith, while any daughters would be raised as Catholics, the faith of their mother. The couple's four sons were consequently Lutherans, while their only daughter, Margaret was raised a Catholic and married a Catholic prince.

Later life

Prince Valdemar with King Chulalongkorn of Siam.

Valdemar had a lifelong naval career. He was the first president of the Seamen's Association of 1856.

He died on 14 January 1939 in the Yellow Palace in Copenhagen and was buried in Roskilde Cathedral. He was the last surviving child of Christian IX.


Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

  • 27 October 1858 – 14 January 1939: His Royal Highness Prince Valdemar of Denmark


  •  United Kingdom - Honorary Knight Grand Cross (Civil) of the Order of the Bath (GCB) - 17 September 1901 - - during a private visit to Denmark by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra
  •  Portugal - Grand Cross of the Order of the Tower and Sword - He was the 192nd recipient
  •  Thailand - Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of the Order of the White Elephant


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