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The Royal Family

The Danish Royal House can be traced back to Gorm den Gamle (Gorm the Old) and his son Harald Blåtand (Harald Blue Tooth). The two great lineages in the Danish Royal House are the House of Oldenburg and the House of Glücksburg. The House of Oldenburg occupied the throne from 1449 to 1863. The last monarch from this lineage was King Frederik VII who never had any children.

In 1863, the House of Glücksburg took over the throne and this lineage has continued to stay in power up until today, giving the name to our present Royal Family.

Please take a look at the profiles of today's Royal Family.

Queen Margrethe

Margrethe Alexandrine Thorhildur Ingrid
Date of Birth: 16 April 1940
On 10 June 1967, the Queen married Count Henri Maire Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat
Children: Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim
Patronages: ARoS, Aarhus Museum of Art, Den Gamle By (The Old Town), Moesgaard Museum, Aarhus Festuge (Aarhus Festival)

Prince Henrik

Count Henri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat
Date of Birth: 11 June 1934 in Gironde, France
Married to Queen Margrethe since 10 June 1967
Children: Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim
Patronages: Fregatten Jylland (Jylland the Frigate), Kattegatcentret (Kattegat Shark Centre) and
Vilhelmsborg, The National Equestrian Sports Centre
Foto: Esben Nielsen/Polfoto

Crown Prince Frederik

Frederik André Henrik Christian
Date of Birth: 26 May 1968
Married to Crown Princess Mary since 14 May 2004.
Children: Prince Christian and Princess Isabella
Patronages: Aarhus Studenter-sangere (Aarhus Student Singers), Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium (The Jutlandic Music Conservatory/The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus), and Plant et træ (Plant a Tree)


Crown Princess Mary

Mary Elizabeth Donaldson
Date of Birth: 5 February 1972 in Hobart, Tasmania
Parents: Professor John Dalgleish Donaldson and Henrietta Clark Donaldson (deceased 1997)
On 14 May 2004, the Crown Princess married Crown Prince Frederik.
Children: Prince Christian and Princess Isabella
Foto: Stine Larsen

Prince Joachim

Joachim Holger Waldemar Christian
Date of Birth: 7 June 1969 at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen
Married to Princess Alexandra from 18 November 1995 to 22 September 2004, when they were separated. They were officially divorced on 8 April 2005. The Prince was then engaged on 3 October 2007 to Miss Marie Cavallier. The wedding is set to take place on 24 May 2008.
Children: Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix
Patronages: Aarhus Borgerlige Skydeselskab (Aarhus Bourgeois Shoorting Party)

Miss Marie Cavallier

Marie Agathe Odile Cavallier
Date of Birth: 6 February 1976 in Paris
Parents: Alain Cavallier and Françoise Grassiot.
Marie Cavallier was engaged to Prince Joachim on 3 October 2007. Their wedding is set for the 24 May, and Marie will from then on be known as Her Royal Highness Marie Agathe Odile, Princess of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat. The abbreviated version is Her Royal Highness Princess Marie of Denmark.