Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The death of Prince Aage

February 29, 1940

Prince Aage of Denmark died today in Morocco, according to the New York Times. He was 52.

The prince, a cousin of King Christian X, gave up his rights to the throne in 1914 when he married Countess Mathilde Calvi di Bergolo.  He also lost the style of Royal Highness, and was created Count of Rosenborg.

Prince Aage described himself as a "soldier of fortune," during a visit to the United States in 1925, where he gave lectures on the war "then going on in North Africa between the French and the Riiffs."  At that time, he served with "the Foreign Legion for three years as a captain."

Prince Aage Christian Alexander Robert of Denmark was born on June 10, 1887 at Copenhagen, the eldest of five children of Prince Valdemar of Denmark and his wife, Princess Marie of Orléans.  He married Countess Mathilde Calvi di Bergolo in Turin on February 1, 1914.  The marriage ended in divorce in 1939.

Prince Aage is survived by his only son, Count Valdemar of Rosenborg,  his three brothers, Princes Axel, Erik and Viggo, and his sister, Princess Margrethe, and numerous nieces and nephews.   He was also a first cousin of the late King George V, as Queen Alexandra was his aunt.

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