IX (1818-1906) ~ Louise (1817-1898)
The couple had six children, (three sons and three daughters) of whom two sons would be kings, and two daughters would marry to be queens of enormous empires. These four are described detailed on the relevant pages for Great Britain, Greece, Denmark (Frederik VIII), and Russia.
Their youngest daughter, Princess Thyra, married Ernst August, Duke of Cumberland (Germany), and lived to the end of her days with her family in Gmünden, Austria. Their posterity are now "civil members" of the Glücksburg-Family.
Their youngest son, Prince Valdemar, became a Danish naval officer, and married Marie, Princess of Orleans, France. Prince Valdemar and Princess Marie had 5 children, the Princes Aage (1887-1940), Axel (1888-1964), Erik (1880-1950), Viggo (1893-1970) and Princess Margrethe (1895- ). Princess Margrethe married in 1921 René, Prince of Bourbon-Parma, and had by him 4 children, Prince Jacques, Princess Anne (married to ex-king Michael of Romania), Prince Michel and Prince André of Bourbon-Parma.
Five of the Royal Couple's six children. Click on any of the photographs to see enlargements. The links will open in a new window.
Further Prince Valdemar and Princess Marie of Orléans became parents of Prince Axel (1888-1964), who in his marriage to the Swedish Princess Margaretha had a son, Prince Georg (born 1920). In 1950 Prince Georg married Lady Anne Bowes-Lyon, a sister of the British Queen Mother, Lady Elizabeth Bowes- Lyon.
In 1886 Prince Valdemar was asked by the State of Bulgaria to assume the Bulgarian Throne as Czar of Bulgaria. The prince declined the offer, and instead Bulgaria elected Prince Ferdinand of Sachsen-Coburg and Gotha. He first married 1893 Princess Marie-Louise of Bourbon-Parma (1877-1899). His father was Prince August of Sachsen-Coburg (1818-1881), and his mother Clementine (1817-1907), a daughter of the French King Louis Philippe. Through his marriage he was thus first cousin to both his father-in-law (King Louis Philippe, France) and King Edward VII (England). He was elected Czar of Bulgaria in 1887, but was forced in 1918 to abdicate for the benefit of his son, Boris.
Sources and links:
Bo Bramsen: "The House of Glücksburg through 150 Years", Danish ed., ISBN 87-01-00251-1
|First published May 2000. Revised 03-jan-2007
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