Danish Royalty: Christian IX's Children -- Valdemar (1858-1939)

Figure 1.-- These three children are the youngest of King Christian IX of Denmark. The two girls are Maria Ferodorova on the left eventually became the wife of Tsar Alexander III of Russia--a huge advance for a largely unknoen Danish princess. The older daughter on the right is Thyra, who become Crown Princess of Hannover. The boy in the dress is Prince Valderman. Notice the center hair part, usually a girl's hair part. The Prince wears a white dress with extensive embroidery, low neckline, off the shouder puff sleeves, and white ankle socks. Prince Walderman became a Naval Officer. Here he is about 6 or 7 years old. The portrait was taken around 1865. I think he looks a bit older. There are other photos in the collection showing he had been breeched 1-2 years later wearing a sailor suit. Source: The is a photographic portrait from the collection of Family Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Valdemar was born in 1858. As the youngest child and born after a considerable gap from his four older more famous brothers and sisters, there was as a result, no great intimacy between them. Prince Walderman became a Naval Officer. He married Princess Marie d'Orleans in 1885. Her father was Robert, Duke of Chartres (1840- ). Her mother was Francisca d'Orleans (1844-1909). Prince Valdemar and Marie has five children, four boys and a girl. The boys were: Aage Christian Alexander, Count of Rosenborg, (1887- ), Axel Christian George (1888- ), Erik Frederik, Duke of Rosenburg (1890- ), Viggo Christian Adolph George, Count of Rosenborg (1893- ). The girl was the baby of the family. Her name was Margrethe Françoise (1895- ). We know little about this family. We do know that Prince Axel married Swedish Princess Margaretha, the eldest daughter of Prince Karl in s high profile society wedding (1919). Margaretha was the first Swedush princess in decades, in contrast to the more prolific Danish royal family. By all accountss it was a very happy marriage. Their mother apparently liked to dress the boys in identical sailor suits. The boys, especially the first three were both very close together. This made in easy to dress them identically. Note that the sailor style was not considered appropriate for their baby sister. When young the boys wore sailor dresses. Their hair appears to have been cut at an early age, well before they were breached.


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Created: June 11, 2002
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