Prince Erik, Count of Rosenborg

Prince Erik, Count of Rosenborg (Erik Frederik Christian Alexander; 8 November 1890 – 10 September 1950) was a Danish prince. He was born in Copenhagen, a son of Prince Valdemar of Denmark and Princess Marie of Orléans.

Prince Erik
Count of Rosenborg
Count Erik of Rosenborg.jpg
Born(1890-11-08)8 November 1890
Copenhagen, Denmark
Died10 September 1950(1950-09-10) (aged 59)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Lois Frances Booth
(m. 1924; div. 1937)
IssueCountess Alexandra
Count Christian
Erik Frederik Christian Alexander
FatherPrince Valdemar of Denmark
MotherPrincess Marie of Orléans

Early lifeEdit

The Yellow Palace, Copenhagen: Prince Erik's childhood home
Prince Erik in 1916

Prince Erik was born on 8 November 1890, in the Yellow Palace, an 18th-century town house at 18 Amaliegade, immediately adjacent to the Amalienborg Palace complex in Copenhagen.[1] He was the third child of Prince Valdemar of Denmark, and his wife Princess Marie of Orléans.[2] His father was a younger son of King Christian IX of Denmark and Louise of Hesse-Kassel, and his mother was the eldest daughter of Prince Robert, Duke of Chartres and Princess Françoise of Orléans. His parents' marriage was said to be a political match.[3]

Marriage and issueEdit

As was then customary in the Danish royal house, Erik renounced his rights to the throne when he chose to take a commoner as wife, marrying in Ottawa, Ontario, on 11 February 1924 Lois Frances Booth (Ottawa, Ontario, 2 August 1897 – Copenhagen, 26 February 1941). His wife was the daughter of John Frederick Booth, who lived in Canada, and the paternal granddaughter of John Rudolphus Booth by his wife, Rosalinda Cook.[4][5] Prince Erik and his wife divorced in 1937. She later remarried Thorkild Juelsberg, without issue.

The couple had two children:

  • Countess Alexandra Dagmar Frances Marie Margrethe of Rosenborg (Arcadia, California, 5 February 1927 – Odense, 5 October 1992), married in Copenhagen on 2 May 1951 to Ivar Emil Vind-Röj (Everdrup, 5 January 1921 – Odense, 11 February 1977), Master of the Royal Hunt, son of Ove Holger Christian Vind, Royal Danish Chamberlain, by his wife, Elsa Mimi Adelaide Marie Oxholm (of Danish nobility),[6]
    • Marie-Lovise Frances Elisabeth Vind (b. Hellerup, 7 February 1952), married at Allerup on 7 April 1973 and divorced Christian Count Knuth (b. Stenagegand, 23 November 1942), and had two children:
      • Countess Christina Elisabeth Knuth (b. Nykøbing-Falster, Copenhagen, 6 May 1977), married in 2005 to Jacob Conrad Kamman (b. 1979)
      • Michael Ivar Count Knuth (b. Nykøbing-Falster, 8 December 1979)
    • Erik Ove Carl Johan Emil Vind (b. Hellerup, 5 May 1954), married in Mahé, Seychelles on 15 February 1993 Countess Suzanne Ingrid Jessie Dorthe av Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille (b. Svendborg, 4 March 1967), lady-in-waiting to the Princess Alexandra
      • Rosemarie Alexandra Kirsten Vind (b. Copenhagen, 2 November 1993)
      • Georg Ivar Emil Vind (b. Copenhagen, 15 October 1995)
      • Nonni Margaretha Elsa Vind (b. Odense, 14 June 2003)
    • Georg Christian Valdemar Vind (b. Hellerup, 5 August 1958), married in Kuwait on 19 September 1993 to Maria Munk (b. Frederiksberg, 12 October 1966)
      • Andreas Ivar Knud Holger Vind (b. Kuwait, 26 November 1994)
      • Clara Alexandra Vind (b. 8 January 1998)
  • Count Christian Edward Valdemar Jean Frederik Peter of Rosenborg (Bjergbygaard, 16 July 1932 – London, 24 March 1997); married at Stouby on 10 August 1962 Karin Lüttichau (b. Rohden, 12 August 1938), daughter of Folmer Lüttichau by his wife, Ingeborg Carl
    • Count Valdemar Erik Flemming Christian of Rosenborg (b. Skovshoved, 9 July 1965), married in Bordeaux on 29 June 1996 Charlotte Cruse (b. Cognac, 23 April 1967), and divorced in 2005
      • Count Nicolai Christian Valdemar of Rosenborg (b. Gentofte, 6 November 1997)
      • Countess Marie Geraldine Charlotte of Rosenborg (b. Copenhagen, 7 May 1999)
    • Countess Marina Isabelle Ingeborg Karin of Rosenborg (b. Skovshoved, 28 March 1971).

Prince Erik died in Copenhagen on 10 September 1950.




  1. ^ McNaughton, C. Arnold (1973). The Book of Kings: A Royal Genealogy. Vol. 1. London, U.K.: Garnstone Press. p. 186.
  2. ^ Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh (1977). Burke's Royal Families of the World. Vol. 1. London, U.K.: Burke's Peerage Ltd. p. 70.
  3. ^ "Royal Marriage Bells". The New York Times. Eu, France. 22 October 1885.
  4. ^ Arnold McNaughton, The Book of Kings: A Royal Genealogy, in 3 volumes (London, U.K.: Garnstone Press, 1973), volume 1, page 186.
  5. ^ Archived 2008-03-09 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd, editor, Burke's Royal Families of the World, Volume 1: Europe & Latin America (London, U.K.: Burke's Peerage Ltd, 1977), page 70.


  • Bramsen, Bo (1992). Huset Glücksborg. Europas svigerfader og hans efterslægt [The House of Glücksburg. The Father-in-law of Europe and his descendants] (in Danish) (2nd ed.). Copenhagen: Forlaget Forum. ISBN 87-553-1843-6.
  • Lerche, Anna; Mandal, Marcus (2003). A royal family : the story of Christian IX and his European descendants. Copenhagen: Aschehoug. ISBN 9788715109577.

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