Prince Erik
Count of Rosenborg
Count Erik of Rosenborg.jpg
Born(1890-11-08)8 November 1890
Copenhagen, Denmark
Died10 September 1950(1950-09-10) (aged 59)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Lois Frances Booth
(m. 1924; div. 1937)
IssueCountess Alexandra
Count Christian
Erik Frederik Christian Alexander
FatherPrince Valdemar of Denmark
MotherPrincess Marie of Orléans

Prince Erik, Count of Rosenborg (Erik Frederik Christian Alexander; 8 November 1890 – 10 September 1950) was a Danish prince. He was born in Copenhagen, a son of Prince Valdemar of Denmark and Princess Marie of Orléans.

Early life

The Yellow Palace, Copenhagen: Prince Erik's childhood home
The Yellow Palace, Copenhagen: Prince Erik's childhood home
Prince Erik in 1916
Prince Erik in 1916

Prince Erik was born on 8 November 1890, in the Yellow Palace, an 18th-century town house at 18 Amaliegade, immediately adjacent to the Amalienborg Palace complex in Copenhagen.[1] He was the third child of Prince Valdemar of Denmark, and his wife Princess Marie of Orléans.[2] His father was a younger son of King Christian IX of Denmark and Louise of Hesse-Kassel, and his mother was the eldest daughter of Prince Robert, Duke of Chartres and Princess Françoise of Orléans. His parents' marriage was said to be a political match.[3]

Marriage and issue

As was then customary in the Danish royal house, Erik renounced his rights to the throne when he chose to take a commoner as wife, marrying in Ottawa, Ontario, on 11 February 1924 Lois Frances Booth (Ottawa, Ontario, 2 August 1897 – Copenhagen, 26 February 1941). His wife was the daughter of John Frederick Booth, who lived in Canada, and the paternal granddaughter of John Rudolphus Booth by his wife, Rosalinda Cook.[4][5] Prince Erik and his wife divorced in 1937. She later remarried Thorkild Juelsberg, without issue.

The couple had two children:

Prince Erik died in Copenhagen on 10 September 1950.




  1. ^ McNaughton, C. Arnold (1973). The Book of Kings: A Royal Genealogy. Vol. 1. London, U.K.: Garnstone Press. p. 186.
  2. ^ Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh (1977). Burke's Royal Families of the World. Vol. 1. London, U.K.: Burke's Peerage Ltd. p. 70.
  3. ^ "Royal Marriage Bells". The New York Times. Eu, France. 22 October 1885.
  4. ^ Arnold McNaughton, The Book of Kings: A Royal Genealogy, in 3 volumes (London, U.K.: Garnstone Press, 1973), volume 1, page 186.
  5. ^ Archived 2008-03-09 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd, editor, Burke's Royal Families of the World, Volume 1: Europe & Latin America (London, U.K.: Burke's Peerage Ltd, 1977), page 70.


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