Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Countess von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (Alexandra Rosemarie Ingrid Benedikte; born 20 November 1970 in Copenhagen, Denmark), is the first daughter and second of three children of Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Princess Benedikte of Denmark).
Under the succession rules set by King Frederik IX, since Princess Benedikte and her children, including Princess Alexandra, have not taken up permanent residence in Denmark, they have effectively waived their place in the line of succession to the Danish throne.
Marriage and children
Alexandra was married on 6 June 1998 at Gråsten Palace to Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth and the couple has two children:
- Count Friedrich Richard Oscar Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (born 14 September 1999 at Copenhagen University Hospital (Rigshospitalet)). Count Richard was christened in the chapel of Schloss Berleburg, Berleburg, Germany, on 18 December 1999. His godparents are his uncle Gustav, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, his mother's cousins Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark and Prince Philipp of Hesse, with Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, his father's cousin Countess Andrea von Pfeil-Haag, and family friend Nadine Kettaneh-Farah.
- Countess Ingrid Alexandra Irma Astrid Benedikte von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth, born 16 August 2003, at the Copenhagen University Hospital. Countess Ingrid was christened at the chapel, Schloss Berleburg, Berleburg, Germany. Her godparents are Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Prince Georg of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Hohenstein, Martin Bleyer, Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark, Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, and Countess Bettina von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth.
The family lived in Paris, where Count Jefferson was a managing director of the local branch of the bank Sal. Oppenheim. Since 2013, the couple has lived in Heidesheim, Germany, near Mainz.
Since 19 May 1998, Alexandra has been a Danish citizen.
She is the godmother of Maud Behn (daughter of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway), Prince Odysseus-Kimon of Greece and Denmark (son of Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece) and Amelia Morales y de Grecia (daughter of Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark).
Princess Alexandra worked for UNESCO World Heritage Centre until 2013, in charge of preserving the cultural heritage of countries in the Middle East and South Asia.
Titles, styles and honours
- 20 November 1970 - 6 June 1998: Her Serene Highness Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein Berleburg
- 6 June 1998 - present: Her Serene Highness Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein Berleburg, Countess Jefferson of Pfeil and Klein-Ellguth
- Denmark: Recipient of the Silver Anniversary Medal of Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik
- Denmark: Recipient of the Silver Jubilee Medal of Queen Margrethe II
- Denmark: Recipient of the 100th Anniversary Medal of the Birth of King Frederik IX
- Denmark: Recipient of the Queen Ingrid Commemorative Medal
- Denmark: Recipient of the 70th Birthday Medal of Queen Margrethe II
- Denmark: Recipient of the Ruby Jubilee Medal of Queen Margrethe II
- Sweden: Recipient of the 50th Birthday Badge Medal of King Carl XVI Gustaf
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