Countess Anne Dorte of Rosenborg

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Countess Anne Dorte of Rosenborg (née Anne Dorte Maltoft-Nielsen; 3 October 1947 – 2 January 2014) was a Danish countess. She was the wife of Count Christian of Rosenborg, the grandson of King Christian X of Denmark. Prince Christian had to give up his princely rank in order to marry her because she was a commoner. The couple married on 7 February 1971, earning her the title Her Excellency Countess Anne Dorte of Rosenborg.

Countess Anne Dorte
BornAnne Dorte Maltoft-Nielsen
(1947-10-03)3 October 1947
Frederikssund, Denmark
Died2 January 2014(2014-01-02) (aged 66)
Gentofte Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark
(m. 1971; died 2013)
IssueCountess Josephine
Countess Camilla
Countess Feodora
Anne Dorte
FatherVilly Edgar Vilhelm Maltoft-Nielsen
MotherBodil Marie Elisabeth Maltoft

Since 1991, Anne Dorte and Christian of Rosenborg resided in a detached classical wing of the royal palace Sorgenfri in Lyngby near Copenhagen.[1]

Public lifeEdit

Countess Anne Dorte often took part in major public events associated with the Danish royal family, such as the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik at the Church of Our Lady in Copenhagen, and the subsequent reception at Fredensborg Palace.[2] To the broad public, Anne Dorte was known from tabloids and other media, which covered her public appearances. In interviews, Anne Dorte talked about her life in the Danish royal family and about living at Sorgenfri Palace. Thereby she often gave proof of her charming personality and her quick-wittedness: when Anne Dorte, whose father was an employee at a department store, once was asked by a journalist whether her own family background could be compared to her husband's at all, she answered with a touch of humor: "Oh yes, our families had exactly the same Christmas decorations! Those items were passed down to us from both sides, and now we cannot tell anymore what was on which Christmas tree."[3] In a documentary by the Danish broadcasting company TV3 on the topic of dissimilar couples, Anne Dorte and her husband were interviewed. On this occasion, Count Christian assured the interviewer that he took the loss of his princely rank due to his marriage with equanimity.

Count Christian and Countess Anne Dorte had three daughters: Countess Josephine (born in 1972), Countess Camilla (born in 1972), and Countess Feodora (born in 1975).


Countess Anne Dorte outlived her husband by only seven months. She was admitted to Gentofte Hospital shortly after Christmas 2013 suffering from throat cancer and respiratory ailments. She died at the hospital in Copenhagen on 2 January 2014, at the age of 66.[4] She was survived by her three daughters, Josephine, Camilla and Feodora, and seven grandchildren. Her funeral was held at the Lyngby Kirke on 9 January 2014. The funeral was, among others, attended by Queen Margrethe II, Princess Elisabeth of Denmark, celebrity hairdresser Tage Hansen and entertainer Johnny Reimar.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Sorgenfri Slot bliver ikke åbnet for offentligheden Archived 2014-01-04 at the Wayback Machine. Article in Lyngby Newspaper. Retrieved 2014-04-11.
  2. ^ Gæsteliste til Vor Frue Kirke. Guest list, official homepage of The Danish Monarchy. Retrieved 2014-04-11.
  3. ^ Prinsen på den hvide hest hedder Christian. Interview in the Danish magazine B.T. (2007-09-28). Retrieved 2015-01-23.
  4. ^ Johannesen, Anna (2014-01-03). "Datteren: Grevinde Anne Dorte ønskede selv at dø". Billed Bladet. Retrieved 2014-02-03.

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