: The Danish Prince Axel and his Swedish
: princess would have been the perfect
H.N. Andersen, who was the most influential Danish businessman in those years, often went on diplomatic missions to various countries, either on behalf of himself or the Danish government or king. During a stay in London in 1918 he had a meeting with Lord Robert Cecil in the Foreign Office and suggested to him that Finland become a monarchy with a Danish prince on the throne. Lord Cecil took the suggestion under consideration and asked the British Minister to Denmark, Sir Ralph Paget, to submit a list of all Danish princes 'on the market'. Paget duly reported back to London about the seven available princes, and his favourites were Axel and Aage. But he concluded that Axel would hardly accept the offer, should it come, so the only realistic candidate was, in his eyes, Prince Aage. However, the British Foreign Office didn't go further with the idea, so that was the end of Andersen's dream of placing a Danish prince on the Finnish throne.
Source: "Jorden er ikke stÝrre..." by Ole Lange
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