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Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark


Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark

Princess Caroline-Mathilde
Hereditary Princess of Denmark

Spouse Knud, Hereditary Prince of Denmark
Princess Elisabeth
Prince Ingolf (later Count of Rosenborg)
Prince Christian (later Count of Rosenborg)
Full name
Caroline-Mathilde Louise Dagmar Christine Maud Augusta Ingeborg Thyra Adelaide
House House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Father Prince Harald of Denmark
Mother Princess Helena Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Born (1912-04-27)27 April 1912
Jægersborghus, Gentofte, Denmark
Died 12 December 1995(1995-12-12) (aged 83)
Sorgenfri Palace, Lyngby-Taarbæk, Copenhagen, Denmark
Burial Roskilde Cathedral

Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark (Danish: Caroline-Mathilde Louise Dagmar Christine Maud Augusta Ingeborg Thyra Adelheid) (27 April 1912 – 12 December 1995) was a daughter of Prince Harald of Denmark and granddaughter of King Frederick VIII of Denmark. As the wife of Knud, Hereditary Prince of Denmark, she became Hereditary Princess of Denmark by marriage.[1]

Early life

Princess Caroline-Mathilde was born on 27 April 1912 at Jægersborghus country house in Gentofte north of Copenhagen, Denmark.[1] She was the second child and daughter of Prince Harald of Denmark, son of King Frederick VIII of Denmark and Princess Louise of Sweden. Her mother was Princess Helena of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, daughter of Friedrich Ferdinand, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg and Princess Karoline Mathilde of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg.[1]

The princess was named for her maternal grandmother, and was known as 'Calma' to her family.


Caroline-Mathilde married her first cousin Prince Knud of Denmark, second son and youngest child of Christian X of Denmark and Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin[1] on 8 September 1933 at Fredensborg Palace, Zealand, Denmark.[1] The couple were given Sorgenfri Palace in Kongens Lyngby north of Copenhagen as their residence. Caroline-Mathilde and Knud had three children: Princess Elisabeth, Prince Ingolf and Prince Christian.[1]

Later life

From 1947 to 1953, Prince Knud was heir presumptive of his older brother King Frederick IX. Knud would have become king and Caroline Mathilde queen in their turn, but a change in the constitution in 1953 caused Knud to lose his place in the succession to his niece, Margrethe II. After the change, Prince Knud was given the title of Hereditary Prince and Caroline Mathilde became Hereditary Princess.

Hereditary Prince Knud died on 14 June 1976. Hereditary Princess Caroline Mathilde survived her husband by 19 years and died on 12 December 1995 at Sorgenfri Palace.[1] She was buried at Roskilde Cathedral next to her husband.


Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

  • 27 April 1912 – 8 September 1933: Her Highness Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark
  • 8 September 1933 – 27 March 1953: Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark
  • 27 March 1953 – 12 December 1995: Her Royal Highness The Hereditary Princess of Denmark



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