At 11 a.m. today Queen Margrethe II of Denmark was among the mourners at the funeral of her first cousin, Count Christian of Rosenborg (by birth Prince of Denmark), who died on 21 May. The funeral was held in Lyngby Church in Kongens Lyngby, just outside Copenhagen and near Sorgenfri Palace, where Count Christian was born in 1942 and where he at the time of his death lived in an adjacent building.
The late Count had himself chosen the priest Julie Goldschmidt to officiate at his funeral and the eulogy was given by his son-in-law Mikael Rosanes. The coffin was draped in a Danish flag with the collar and star of the Order of the Elephant and his other decorations placed on a cushion.
The Count’s widow, Countess Anne Dorte, who is herself very ill with cancer, was able to attend, supported by their three daughters, Josephine, Camilla and Feodora, their sons-in-law and most of their grandchildren.
Queen Margrethe was accompanied by the Prince Consort. Princess Marie and Princess Benedikte also attended, as did Count Christian’s brother and sister-in-law, Count Ingolf and Countess Sussie of Rosenborg, and his sister, Princess Elisabeth. Princess Astrid of Norway was the only foreign royal to attend (she also attended the funeral of Count Christian’s mother, Hereditary Princess Caroline-Mathilde, together with Queen Sonja in 1995).
Although he in an interview as recently as last year expressed a wish to be buried at the cemetery at Søllerød, Count Christian of Rosenborg was in fact laid to rest in Lyngby Cemetery.