Count Philip of Rosenborg

Count Ingolf of Rosenborg

Count Ingolf of Rosenborg, a former Danish prince (Prins Ingolf Christian Frederik Knud Harald Gorm Gustav Viggo Valdemar Aage til Danmark), whose accession to the throne of Denmark appeared likely until the new right of females of the royal family to inherit the crown displaced him in favor of his cousin Princess Margrethe in 1953.

He was born on 17 February 1940 at Sorgenfri Palace, as His Highness Prince Ingolf of Denmark. He was the elder son of HRH Knud, Hereditary Prince of Denmark, by his wife (and first cousin) Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark.

Loss of place in succession

Until the change in the Danish constitution in 1953, Ingolf stood only behind his father in the line of hereditary succession to the throne. His father was then the heir presumptive, due to succeed Ingolf's uncle King Frederick IX, who had three daughters, but no sons.

Loss of dynastic rights

Ingolf was relegated to fifth in the order of succession from 1953. However, in 1968 he lost his right of succession to the throne by marying without having received the royal assent of the monarch in the Council of State. The king's permission to marry was not sought because it was expected to be denied, since Ingolf's fiancée was an untitled commoner (at that time, the only non-royal spouses whose marriages to Danish dynasts had been officially approved were those who were known by the kind of courtesy titles typical of Europe's hereditary nobility, i.e. Anne, Viscountess Anson née Bowes-Lyon, and comte Henri de Laborde de Monpezat). Ingolf was given the title Count of Rosenborg and the style of Your Excellency, as was customary in the twentieth century for Danish princes who renounced or forfeited their dynastic rights.

Prior to his son's wedding, Prince Knud sought to convince his brother that Ingolf should be allowed to retain his royal title after marriage. But the king refused, on the grounds that other males of the dynasty, who had been demoted to Counts of Rosenborg upon marriage, might try to re-claim their royal rank if Ingolf were allowed to do so, despite marrying a commoner as they had done.

Ingolf married Inge Terney (born Copenhagen 21 January 1938-21 July 1996) on 13 January 1968, at Lyngby, Denmark. After being widowed, he married Sussie Hjorhøy, who thus became "Her Excellency Sussie, Countess of Rosenborg" (born Copenhagen 20 February 1950) on 7 March 1998, at Engtved, Denmark. He has no children.

Public role

Count Ingolf takes part in some major public events associated with the royal family; in 2004, he and Countess Sussie attended the wedding on 14 May 2004 of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark at Copenhagen Cathedral, and the subsequent reception at Fredensborg Palace. They also attended the Memorial Service in honour of Empress Maria Feodorovna held on 22 September 2006.

Ingolf receives an annual allowance of 1.4 million kroner according to the Danish Royal House web-site. Presumably this is to compensate him for having lost the right of succession to the throne, as neither his sister Princess Elisabeth of Denmark, nor his brother Count Christian of Rosenborg, formerly Prince Christian of Denmark, receive such an allowance, even though in 1971 Count Christian also renounced his rights to the throne, and Princess Elisabeth is still in the line of succession.

Ingolf is godfather to his great-nephew, Leopold Rosanes af Rosenborg, who is the grandson of his brother Christian.


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