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Re: 80th birthday of Count Ingolf of Rosenborg
Thank you, Stig, for a very nice report. Also thanks for including some seldom seen photos.
Is Count Ingolf home from hospital now?
His Exellency Count Ingolf of Rosenborg turns 80 years old tomorrow. He is now recuperating after having been hospitalized with pneumonia for one month, so the celebration of his birthday has been postponed until summer.
He was born a Prince of Denmark and could have been King today, had it not been for the 1953 amendment to the Act of Succession which paved the way for his cousin Margrethe’s accession to the throne. In a new interview he says to Billed-Bladet that he doesn’t waste time on thinking about the past: "Earlier it was, at times, difficult for the family, and like the Queen said in the new TV-series about Frederik IX it was especially hard for my father. But I don’t think along those lines. One shouldn’t dwell on things that can’t be changed."
Prince Ingolf renounced his title and succession right in 1968 when he married his first wife, Inge Terney. She died in 1996, and two years later he married Sussie Hjorhøy, who is ten years his junior and who turns 70 three days after his 80th birthday.
"Sussie has opened the world to me" , he says in the interview. "Before I met her, I never travelled and only went about my work and official duties. But she promised to show me the world, and now we have been everywhere together." The Countess has also opened her husband’s eyes to high culture so that he now enjoys watching a ballet and going to the opera.
"We laugh a lot, and Sussie has a sunny disposition. I must admit I am more of a pessimist and tend to see problems 3-4 months before they arise."
Ingolf also speaks about the loss of his sister Princess Elisabeth, who died in 2018: "We were really close, and I miss her very much. We spoke on the phone nearly every day, so her death has left a void. She was the family’s rallying point and memory. There is a terrible vacuum now that she’s gone. It has been, and still is, a really big loss."