Princess Elisabeth of Denmark has died

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Princess Elisabeth of Denmark, the first cousin of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, died on June 19, 2018, at the age of 83. 
The communication office of the Danish Royal Court issued this press release: 
Last night at 18.15 (6:15 pm), Her Highness Princess Elisabeth passed away quietly after a lengthy illness. The Princess was surrounded by her closest family. Princess Elisabeth was in the order of succession to the Danish throne and lived her final years at Sorgenfri Palace.
Born in 1935 at  Sorgenfri Palace in Kongens Lyngby, Denmark, she was the eldest child and only daughter of Prince Knud of Denmark and Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark. Her father Prince Knud was one of the two sons of King Christian X of Denmark. Knud’s older brother was King Frederik IX of Denmark, the father of Queen Margrethe II.  Elisabeth had two younger brothers, Ingolf and Christian, both of whom lost their succession rights and royal status upon marriage to commoners. 
Elisabeth never married and was last in the line of succession to the Danish throne. However, she had a long-term relationship with videographer Claus Hermansen until his death in 1997.  The princess began a career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1956. Several times she was posted abroad – twice at the Danish Embassy in Washington DC and once at the Danish United Nations Mission in Geneva, Switzerland. She retired in 2001 after 45 years of service. Elisabeth lived at her villa in Holte, north of Copenhagen until 2014 when she moved to a detached wing of her birthplace Sorgenfri Palace, called the Damebygningen. 
Princess Elisabeth’s funeral will be held at the Lyngby Church on Monday,  June 25, 2018, officiated by retired royal confessor and Bishop of Copenhagen Erik Norman Svendsen.  The princess was baptized and confirmed at Lyngby Church.  She will be buried next to her long-time companion Claus Hermansen.

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