|Born||27 October 1858|
Bernstorff Palace, Gentofte
|Died||14 January 1939 (aged 80)|
The Yellow Palace, Copenhagen
(m. 1885; died 1909)
|Father||Christian IX of Denmark|
|Mother||Louise of Hesse-Kassel|
|Service/||Royal Danish Navy|
Prince Valdemar of Denmark (27 October 1858 – 14 January 1939) was a member of the Danish royal family. He was the third son and youngest child of Christian IX of Denmark and Louise of Hesse-Kassel. He had a lifelong naval career.
Prince Valdemar was born on 27 October 1858 at Bernstorff Palace in Gentofte north of Copenhagen. His father was Prince Christian of Denmark, later King Christian IX. His mother was Princess Louise of Hesse-Kassel. He was baptised on 21 December 1858. He was paternal uncle of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, father of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
In March 1863, the Danish royal family, including four-year-old Valdemar, travelled to London for the wedding of his eldest sister, Alexandra, to the Prince of Wales, the son and heir-apparent of Queen Victoria. That November, his father succeeded to the throne of Denmark following the death of King Frederick VII.
Prince Valdemar received his early education from tutors. In the summer of 1874, he accompanied his father during his visit to Iceland for the millennium celebrations. After his confirmation in 1874, as was customary for princes at that time, he started a military education and entered the naval college. In 1879, he was sub-lieutenant and in 1880 lieutenant. In the following years, he participated in several naval expeditions. From 1883, Valdemar lived at Bernstorff Palace near Copenhagen with his nephew Prince George of Greece, who had been taken as a boy to Denmark to be enlisted in the Danish royal navy, and be consigned to the care of Valdemar, who was an admiral in the Danish fleet. Feeling abandoned by his father on this occasion, George would later describe to his fiancée the profound attachment he developed for his uncle from that day forward.
He married Princess Marie d'Orleans on 20 October 1885 in a civil ceremony in Paris. They had a religious ceremony on 22 October 1885 at the Château d'Eu, the residence of Prince Philippe, Count of Paris. The wedding was believed by one source to have been politically arranged, and in France, it was believed that the Count of Paris (the bride's uncle) was personally responsible for the match. However, the same source claimed that "there was every reason to believe that [it was] a genuine love match". At the time of their marriage, it was decided that any sons would be brought up in Valdemar's Lutheran faith, while any daughters would be raised as Catholics, the faith of their mother. The couple's four sons were consequently Lutherans, while their only daughter, Margaret was raised a Catholic and married a Catholic prince.
Valdemar had a lifelong naval career. He was the first president of the Seamen's Association of 1856.
|Prince Aage of Denmark||10 June 1887||19 February 1940||Mathilde Calvi||Count Valdemar of Rosenborg|
|Prince Axel of Denmark||12 August 1888||14 July 1964||Princess Margaretha of Sweden||Prince George Valdemar of Denmark|
Count Flemming Valdemar of Rosenborg
|Prince Erik of Denmark||8 November 1890||10 September 1950||Lois Booth||Countess Alexandra of Rosenborg|
Count Christian of Rosenborg
|Prince Viggo of Denmark||25 December 1893||4 January 1970||Eleanor Margaret Green||No children|
|Princess Margaret of Denmark||17 September 1895||18 September 1992||Prince René of Bourbon-Parma||Prince Jacques of Bourbon-Parma|
Queen Anne of Romania
Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma
Prince André of Bourbon-Parma
Titles, styles, honours and arms
Prince Valdemar of Denmark
|Reference style||His Royal Highness|
|Spoken style||Your Royal Highness|
Titles and styles
- 21 December 1858 – 14 January 1939: His Royal Highness Prince Valdemar of Denmark
- Danish orders and decorations
- Knight of the Elephant, 15 November 1863
- Cross of Honour of the Order of the Dannebrog, 15 November 1863
- Grand Commander of the Dannebrog, 21 July 1900
- King Christian IX and Queen Louise of Denmark Golden Wedding Commemorative Medal
- King Christian IX Centenary Medal
- Navy Long Service Medal
- Danish Red Cross Badge of Honor
- Commemoration Medal for Danish Prisoners-of-war for the Red Cross
- Foreign orders and decorations
- Austria-Hungary: Grand Cross of St. Stephen, 1888
- Belgium: Grand Cordon of the Royal Order of Leopold, 22 July 1897
- Principality of Bulgaria: Grand Cross of St. Alexander
- France: Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour
- Kingdom of Greece: Grand Cross of the Redeemer
- Kingdom of Italy: Knight of the Annunciation, 23 September 1891
- Empire of Japan: Grand Cordon of the Order of the Chrysanthemum, 26 February 1900
- Luxembourg: Knight of the Gold Lion of Nassau
- Netherlands: Grand Cross of the Netherlands Lion
- Norway: Grand Cross of St. Olav, with Collar, 6 October 1906
- Ottoman Empire: Order of Osmanieh, 1st Class in Diamonds
- Kingdom of Portugal: Grand Cross of the Tower and Sword
- Russian Empire:
- Sweden: Knight of the Seraphim, with Collar, 27 May 1875
- United Kingdom: Honorary Grand Cross of the Bath (civil), 17 September 1901 – during a visit to Denmark by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra
- German Empire:
- Knight of the Black Eagle
- Grand Cross of the Red Eagle
- Knight of the Prussian Crown, 1st Class
- Anhalt: Grand Cross of Albert the Bear
- Brunswick: Grand Cross of Henry the Lion
- Ernestine duchies: Grand Cross of the Saxe-Ernestine House Order
- Mecklenburg: Grand Cross of the Wendish Crown, with Crown in Ore
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From that day, from that moment on, I loved him and I have never had any other friend but him...You will love him too, when you meet him.
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