Queen Margrethe of Denmark in mourning: her cousin Prince Waldemar died at the age of 79

Sad news for the Danish royal family. On social networks, Princess Éléonore-Christine announced the death of her father Prince Waldemar at the age of 79. “It is with great sadness that I regret having to announce that my father, Prince Waldemar, fell asleep quietly on the morning of Tuesday, August 11 in the United States,” she revealed. , reports Royal Histories, specifying that it is not about the coronavirus.

Cousin of Queen Margrethe, Prince Waldemar was the second son of Prince Christian of Schaumburg-Lippe and Princess Feodora of Denmark, herself cousin of King Frederick IX, himself father of the current Queen of Denmark. Married to Anne-Lise Johansen in September 1977, and who was none other than the photographer of Margrethe II, the couple have a daughter, Princess Éléonore-Christine de Schaumbourg-Lippe, born in 1978, before the couple divorced a few years later. Prince Waldemar then married from 2001 to 2002 Karin Grundmann, before marrying from 2002 to 2003 Ruth Schneidewind.

An adopted son who became a prince

After three marriages that turned out to be unsuccessful, Queen Margrethe II’s cousin married Gertraud-Antonia Wagner-Schöppl in 2008, at Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, and from whom he adopted son Mario, thus making him a prince. While he would have been 80 years old on December 19, Prince Waldemar leaves behind a grieving royal family who have not yet reacted to the announcement of his death, as well as two children, including his biological daughter. Devastated by the death of her father, the princess said she spoke to him for the last time on August 8, and only learned of his disappearance on August 13, two days after the official date of his death.

H.M. Queen Margrethe Alexandrine Borhildur Ingrid of Denmark – Funeral of H.R.H. the Grand-Du © © Jean-Claude Cohen / KCS

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