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Princess Margaret of Denmark

Danish princess
The basics
Date of birth Bernstorff Palace, Gentofte Municipality, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark
Date of death Sep 18, 1992 Copenhagen, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark, Kingdom of Denmark
Children: Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma Queen Anne of Romania Christina Hvide
Spouse: Prince René of Bourbon-Parma
Mother: Princess Marie of Orléans
Brother(s): Count Viggo of Rosenborg Prince Axel of Denmark Count Aage of Rosenborg Count Erik of Rosenborg
Father: Prince Valdemar of Denmark
The details

Princess Margaret of Denmark (Margrethe Françoise Louise Marie Helene; 17 September 1895, Bernstorff Palace – 18 September 1992, Copenhagen, Denmark) was a Danish princess by birth and a princess of Bourbon-Parma as the wife of Prince René of Bourbon-Parma.


Her parents were Prince Valdemar of Denmark, youngest son of Christian IX of Denmark and Louise of Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel), and Princess Marie d'Orleans. Her parents had agreed beforehand that all their sons would be raised Lutheran, their father's creed, and all their daughters Roman Catholic, their mother's faith. She was therefore the first Danish princess since the Reformation raised a Roman Catholic. She was named for her mother's sister Princess Marguerite d'Orléans.

She married a Catholic prince, her mother's relative, Prince René of Bourbon-Parma (Schwarzau, 17 October 1894 – Hellerup, Copenhagen, 30 July 1962) on 9 June 1921 in Copenhagen. He was the third youngest son (and seventh surviving son) of the many children of Robert I, Duke of Parma. His mother was the Duke's second wife Princess Maria Antonia, daughter of the exiled King Miguel I of Portugal. René was the brother of Empress Zita of Austria and of Felix, the consort of Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.

René and Margrethe had four children, sixteen grandchildren, twenty-five great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren;

  • Prince Jacques of Bourbon-Parma (9 June 1922 – 5 November 1964) married Birgitte von Holstein-Ledreborg, Countess of Holstein-Ledreborg on 9 June 1947. They have three children and two grandsons:
    • Prince Philippe of Bourbon-Parma (22 January 1949) married Annette Smith on 5 May 1979. They have two sons:
      • Prince Jacques Carl Christian Marie of Bourbon-Parma (3 January 1986)
      • Prince Joseph Axel Alain Erik Marie of Bourbon-Parma (6 June 1989)
    • Princess Lorraine Charlotte of Bourbon-Parma (27 July 1951)
    • Prince Alain Jean of Bourbon-Parma (15 May 1955) married Inge-Birgitte Vedel Andersen on 3 March 2001.
  • Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma (18 September 1923 – 1 August 2016) married King Michael I of Romania on 10 June 1948. They have five daughters, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
    • Crown Princess Margareta of Romania, Custodian of the Crown (b. 26 March 1949) she married Radu Duda on 21 September 1996; they have no children.
    • Princess Elena of Romania (b. 15 November 1950) she married Dr. Robin Medforth-Mills on 20 July 1983 in a civil ceremony and 24 September 1983 in a religious ceremony; they had two children; they divorced in 1991. She remarried to Lord Alexander Nixon McAteer on 14 August 1998; they have no children.
    • Princess Irina of Romania (b. 28 February 1953) she married John Kreuger on 4 October 1983; they had two children and three grandchildren; they divorced on 24 November 2003. She remarried to Former Sheriff John Wesley Walker on 10 November 2007; they have no children.
      • Michael de Roumanie Kreuger (b. 25 February 1984) he married Tara Littlefield in February 2011; they have one son.
        • Kohen de Roumanie Kreuger (b. March 2012)
      • Angelica Margareta de Roumanie Kreuger (b. 29 December 1986) she married Richard Knight in 2009; they have two daughters.
        • Courtney de Roumanie Knight (b. 2007)
        • Diana de Roumanie Knight (b. 2011)
    • Princess Sophie of Romania (b. 29 October 1957) she married Alain Biarneix on 29 August 1998; they had one daughter; they divorced in 2002
      • Elisabeta Maria de Roumanie Biarneix (b. 1998)
    • Princess Maria of Romania (b. 13 July 1964) she married Casimir Mystkowski on 16 September 1995; they had no children and divorced in 2003.
  • Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma (4 March 1926) he married Princess Yolande de Broglie-Revel on 9 June 1951 and they have five children and twelve grandchildren. They divorce in 1966. He remarried Princess Maria Pia of Savoy on 17 May 2003.
  • Prince André of Bourbon-Parma (6 March 1928 – 22 October 2011) he married Marina Gacry on 2 May 1960. They have three children and six grandchildren:
    • Princess Tania Sophie of Bourbon-Parma (13 November 1961) she married Gilbert Jacques Marcel Bécaud on 9 August 1988. They have three children:
      • Marguerite Bécaud (3 January 1993)
      • Héléna Bécaud (1998)
      • Dagmar Bécaud (2004)
    • Princess Astrid of Bourbon-Parma (22 September 1964)
    • Prince Axel of Bourbon-Parma (18 September 1967) he married Raphaele de Montagnon on 17 August 1996. They have three children:
      • Prince Côme of Bourbon-Parma (7 May 1997)
      • Princess Alice of Bourbon-Parma (26 March 2000)
      • Princess Aure of Bourbon-Parma (13 December 2004)

In June 1951, Margaret was travelling in a car her husband was driving when they ran over a 22-year-old man, Jaja Sorensen, who died soon after being taken to hospital.

The family was relatively poor. They chiefly resided in France, where all of their children were born. In 1939 the family fled from the Nazis and escaped to Spain. From there they went to Portugal and then to the United States. There, in New York, Margrethe made a living making hats while her husband worked at a gas company and her daughter as a shop assistant. They returned to Paris after the war. She died one day after her 97th birthday, on the 69th birthday of her daughter Anne.

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