: Well, then it is all the more surprising
: that Princess Astrid of Norway didn't
: receive one, not even when she accompanied
: her father King Olav during the state visit
: to Denmark
The state visit you refer to took place in September 1958. Until April 1958 women couldn't receive the Order of the Elephant, so if Frederik IX had given Astrid the Elephant, she would have been the first woman to receive it. Maybe he wasn't ready for this. He had another chance, though, because he paid a state visit to Norway in 1960 and still didn't give her the order. It seems to have been a matter of principle, because for the remainder of his reign he only gave the Elephant to women in the Danish royal family and to foreign Queens - with one exception: Princess Irene of Greece received it in 1964 in connection with her brother's marriage to Frederik's youngest daughter. Irene was at that time heiress to the Greek throne.
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