Prince George Valdemar
Margaretha, Princess of Denmark with her children.jpg
Prince George Valdemar with his mother and little brother, 1922
Born(1920-04-16)16 April 1920
Bernstorff Palace, Gentofte, Denmark
Died29 September 1986(1986-09-29) (aged 66)
Copenhagen, Denmark
(m. 1950; died 1980)
George Valdemar Carl Axel
FatherPrince Axel of Denmark
MotherPrincess Margaretha of Sweden

Prince George Valdemar Carl Axel of Denmark (16 April 1920[1] – 29 September 1986) was a Danish prince. He was a second cousin of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Early life

Prince George was the eldest son of Prince Axel of Denmark (himself a son of Prince Valdemar of Denmark) therefore a great-grandson of King Christian IX of Denmark and Princess Margaretha of Sweden.[2] As a result of the Danish Act of Succession of 1953, which restricts the throne to those descended from Christian X and his wife, Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, through approved marriages, he lost his place in the line of succession.


On 16 September 1950, at Glamis Castle, he married Anne, Viscountess Anson, the divorced wife of Thomas, Viscount Anson, and daughter of Hon. John Bowes-Lyon and Hon. Fenella Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis.[1] His wife was a first cousin of Elizabeth II. Prince George himself was a second cousin of Edward VIII, George VI and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He served as defence attaché to London and military, naval and air attaché at Paris.

The marriage was opposed by the Church of England, because, at that time, the church did not permit the remarriage of a divorced person who had a prior spouse living. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Consort of the United Kingdom, later the Queen Mother, had announced her intention to attend the wedding, but the Archbishop of Canterbury intervened, ordered the withdrawal of the Scottish Episcopal clergyman, and “advised” the Queen Mother not to attend. The Queen Mother stated that she would join the wedding party only for the reception and would remain in an adjoining drawing room while the ceremony took place.[3]


His will was sealed in London after his death in 1986. His estate was valued at £785,000 (or £1.8m in 2022 when adjusted for inflation).[4]

Title and style




  1. ^ a b McNaughton, C. Arnold, The Book of Kings, vol.1, p.187
  2. ^ Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh, Burke's Royal Families of the World, vol.1: Europe & Latin America, p.70
  3. ^ A. Michie, God Save The Queen, p. 378 (1952).
  4. ^ Evans, Rob; Pegg, David (18 July 2022). "£187m of Windsor family wealth hidden in secret royal wills". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 July 2022.


  • Bramsen, Bo (1992). Huset Glücksborg. Europas svigerfader og hans efterslægt [The House of Glücksburg. The Father-in-law of Europe and his descendants] (in Danish) (2nd ed.). Copenhagen: Forlaget Forum. ISBN 87-553-1843-6.
Military offices Preceded byThe Duke of Norfolk Honorary Colonel of the5th Battalion, Queen's Regiment 1975–1986 Succeeded byRobin Leigh-Pemberton