Dorrit Countess of Rosenborg, the ex-wife of the former Prince Oluf of Denmark, died on Tuesday 14 May at the age of 86. Born Annie Helene Dorrit Puggaard-Müller in Copenhagen on 8 September 1926, she was the daughter of Gunnar Puggaard-Müller and Gerda Annie Nielsen. On 4 February 1948 she married Prince Oluf of Denmark, the youngest child of Prince Harald (the third son of King Frederik VIII) and Princess Helena.
Oluf was the first prince to marry a commoner in the reign of Frederik IX, who did not consent to the match and showed himself a tad stricter than Christian X, who had allowed princes who married commoners a lesser princely title to which the title Count of Rosenborg was added, by demoting the groom to Count Oluf of Rosenborg. Frederik IX would subsequently apply the same practice to the princes Flemming, Ingolf and Christian.
Count Oluf and Countess Dorrit had two children, Ulrik in 1950 and Charlotte in 1953. However, the Countess eventually embarked on a relationship with the policeman Bent Lund, who had been her daughter’s driving instructor, and the Count and Countess were divorced on 20 January 1977.
Dorrit married Bent Lund on 9 December 1978, but continued to use the title Countess of Rosenborg, a rather unusual practice which was, however, sanctioned by the royal court.
Bent Lund later served as Mayor of Slangerup, a small town north of Copenhagen, and the couple were present at certain royal events, such as the reburial of the Dowager Empress Marya Fyodorovna of Russia in 2006 and the 70th birthday of Queen Margrethe in 2010.
Dorrit Countess of Rosenborg is survived by her second husband, her two children and four grandchildren. Her funeral will take place in Slangerup Church at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.