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Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Countess von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth, Countess Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille (Alexandra Rosemarie Ingrid Benedikte; born 20 November 1970), is the first daughter and second of three children of Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Princess Benedikte of Denmark.[1]

Princess Alexandra
Countess Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth
Born (1970-11-20) 20 November 1970 (age 48)
Copenhagen, Denmark
IssueCount Richard von Pfeil
Countess Ingrid von Pfeil
Full name
Alexandra Rosemarie Ingrid Benedikte
FatherRichard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
MotherPrincess Benedikte of Denmark

Under the succession rules set by King Frederik IX, since Princess Benedikte and her children, including Princess Alexandra, have not taken up permanent residence in Denmark, they have effectively waived their place in the line of succession to the Danish throne.[2] Since 19 May 1998, Alexandra has been a Danish citizen.


Marriage and childrenEdit

Alexandra was married on 6 June 1998 at Gråsten Palace to Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth and the couple has two children:

The family lived in Paris, where Count Jefferson was a managing director of the local branch of the bank Sal. Oppenheim.[4] Since 2013, the couple has lived in Heidesheim, Germany, near Mainz.[5] The couple announced their intention to divorce in May 2017.[6]

On 18th of May 2019 she married Count Michael Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille (b. 26 February 1965), a member of an ancient Danish noble family.[7]

She is the godmother of Maud Behn (daughter of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway), Prince Odysseus-Kimon of Greece and Denmark (son of Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece) and Amelia Morales y de Grecia (daughter of Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark).


Princess Alexandra worked for UNESCO World Heritage Centre until 2013, in charge of preserving the cultural heritage of countries in the Middle East and South Asia.[8][9]

Titles, styles and honoursEdit

Styles of
Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Reference styleHer Serene Highness
Spoken styleYour Serene Highness


  • 20 November 1970 – 6 June 1998: Her Serene Highness Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein Berleburg
  • 6 June 1998 – May 2017: Her Serene Highness Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein Berleburg, Countess of Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth
  • May 2017 - 18 May 2019: Her Serene Highness Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein Berleburg
  • 18 May 2019 - present: Her Serene Highness Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein Berleburg, Countess Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille


National honoursEdit

Foreign honoursEdit



  1. ^ Lundy, Darryl (26 August 2009). "Person Page – 4054". The Peerage. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
  2. ^ "The Royal House - The Danish Monarchy". Danish Royal Court. Archived from the original on 8 February 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2013. The throne is inherited in King Christian 10. and Queen Alexandrine's posterity.
  3. ^ Royal Baptism photos 1999
  4. ^ Report of BilledBladet interview 2008
  5. ^ Article Allgemeine Zeitung
  6. ^ Endnu en skilsmisse rammer det danske kongehus, 17 May 2017
  7. ^ (In French) "Mariage royal : La princesse Alexandra a dit oui au comte Michael", PurePeople (PureMédias), 24 May 2019.
  8. ^ Danish Princess visits to review Unesco's Work Express Tribune, 12 May 2012
  9. ^ The unemployed Princess 10 July 2013
  10. ^ "Photo".
  11. ^ "Photo".
  12. ^ "Photo".
  13. ^ "Photo".

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Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Cadet branch of the House of Sayn-Wittgenstein
Born: 20 November 1970
Lines of succession
Preceded by
The Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Line of succession to the British throne Succeeded by
Count Richard von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth