Ingrid of Sweden

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Ingrid of Sweden (Ingrid Victoria Sofia Louise Margareta; 28 March 1910 – 7 November 2000) was a Swedish princess and the queen consort of King Frederick IX of Denmark.



She was born in Stockholm the third child of King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden and his first wife, Princess Margaret of Connaught. She also was a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. Ingrid's mother died in 1920 while carrying her sixth child. Her father married Lady Louise Mountbatten three years later. Louise was a second cousin of Ingrid's. There were no children of this second marriage, only a stillborn daughter. Ingrid was raised to a sense of duty and seriousness. She had a difficult time after her father remarried.

In 1928, Ingrid met the Prince of Wales and was seen by some as a possible wife for the heir to the British throne, who was her second cousin. Her mother, Margaret of Connaught, and the then-Prince of Wales' father, King George V, were first cousins, both being grandchildren of Queen Victoria.[1] However, no engagement took place.[2]

Her wedding to the Danish Crown Prince was one of the greatest media events of the day in Sweden in 1935, and was given so much attention from the media that the media was criticised for it. Ingrid also appeared in the radio in 1935, where she read a poem, something which was also given much attention.


Princess Ingrid married Frederick, Crown Prince of Denmark and Iceland, in Stockholm on 24 May 1935. They were related in several ways. In descent from Oscar I of Sweden, they were third cousins. In descent from Leopold I, Grand Duke of Baden, they were third cousins. In descent from Paul I of Russia, Frederick was a fourth cousin of Ingrid's mother. She became the Queen of Denmark upon her husband's accession to the throne on 20 April 1947. The couple had three children:

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