Prince Viggo
Count of Rosenborg
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Born(1893-12-25)25 December 1893
Copenhagen, Denmark
Died4 January 1970(1970-01-04) (aged 76)
Ebeltoft, Denmark
(m. 1924; died 1966)
Viggo Christian Adolf Georg
FatherPrince Valdemar of Denmark
MotherPrincess Marie of Orléans

Prince Viggo, Count of Rosenborg (Viggo Christian Adolf Georg; 25 December 1893 – 4 January 1970) was a Danish prince. He was born in Copenhagen the youngest son of Prince Valdemar of Denmark and Princess Marie of Orléans. He was also the youngest grandson of Christian IX of Denmark.


The Yellow Palace, Copenhagen: Prince Viggo's childhood home
The Yellow Palace, Copenhagen: Prince Viggo's childhood home

Prince Viggo was born on 25 December 1893, 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 fourth 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]

Without the legally required permission of the Danish king for a dynastic marriage,[4] Viggo married Eleanor Margaret Green (New York City, 5 November 1895 – Copenhagen, 3 July 1966), in New York City on 10 June 1924.

As became customary in the Danish royal house upon marriage to a commoner, prior to the wedding Viggo renounced his place in Denmark's line of succession to the Crown, forfeiting his title of Prince of Denmark, and his style of Royal Highness.[5] With the king's authorisation, he assumed the title "Prince Viggo, Greve af (Count of) Rosenborg" and the style of Highness on 21 December 1923.[5] Although the comital title was made hereditary for all of his legitimate descendants in the male line, the princely title was restricted to himself and his wife alone (i.e. "Prince and Princess Viggo", etc.).[5] The couple had no children.

Prince Viggo died in Ebeltoft in 1970.


Prince Viggo received the following orders and decorations:[6]




  1. ^ McNaughton, C. Arnold (1973). The Book of Kings: A Royal Genealogy. Vol. 1. London, U.K.: Garnstone Press. p. 189.
  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. ^ "Lex Regia (Konge-Lov of 1665)". Hoelseth's Royal Corner. Dag Trygsland Hoelseth. 2006-03-20. Archived from the original on 2007-08-06. Retrieved 2008-12-30.
  5. ^ a b c Almanach de Gotha (Gotha: Justus Perthes, 1944), pages 43, 529
  6. ^ Bille-Hansen, A. C.; Holck, Harald, eds. (1963) [1st pub.:1801]. Statshaandbog for Kongeriget Danmark for Aaret 1963 [State Manual of the Kingdom of Denmark for the Year 1963] (PDF). Kongelig Dansk Hof- og Statskalender (in Danish). Copenhagen: J.H. Schultz A.-S. Universitetsbogtrykkeri. pp. 17–18, 21. Retrieved 2 January 2020 – via da:DIS Danmark.


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