Ingrid of Sweden (1910–2000)

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Ingrid of Sweden (1910–2000)

Queen of Denmark. Name variations: Ingrid Bernadotte; Ingrid Victoria of Sweden. Born IngridVictoria Sophia Louise Margaret on March 28, 1910, at the Royal Palace, in Stockholm, Sweden; died on November 8, 2000; only daughter of Gustavus VI Adolphus (1882–1973), king of Sweden (r. 1950–1973), and Margaret of Connaught (1882–1920); married Frederick IX (1899–1972), king of Denmark (r. 1947–1972), on May 24, 1935, at Storkyrkan Cathedral, Stockholm; children: Margrethe II (b. 1940), queen of Denmark (r. 1972—); Benedikte (b. 1944, who married Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein); Anne-Marie Oldenburg (b. 1946, who married Constantine II, king of Greece).

Though she was known for her common touch, Ingrid of Sweden was born a princess on March 28, 1910, in Stockholm, the daughter of King Gustavus VI Adolphus and Margaret of Connaught , who was the granddaughter of Queen Victoria . In 1935, Ingrid married Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark, who ascended the throne as King Frederick IX in 1947. During World War II and the occupation of Denmark, Ingrid earned the affection of her people as she broke through the isolation of the royal court and joined the Danes in ordinary pursuits. She could often be seen pushing a baby carriage along the sidewalks of Copenhagen, biking through the streets to make shopping trips, walking her daughters to school. When her husband died in 1972, In-grid stepped out of the limelight and her daughter Margrethe II became queen. But, as dowager queen, Ingrid remained active well into her late 80s, serving as a patron to dozens of charitable funds. In March of 1997, immediately after being pulled from a burning car, she calmly went out for coffee while her driver put out the flames.

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