The Danish Royal Sisters Reunite For Summer Break at Grasten Palace in Jutland

The traditional summer break of the Danish royal family has just started and Queen Margrethe II is joined by her two sisters, Princess Benedikte of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, and their children and in-laws. 

It's rare to see the royal sisters spend summer break together since Queen Anne-Marie is currently living in Greece with her husband, Constantine II, the former King of Greece. 

While Princess Benedikte, who is currently 11th in the line of succession to the Danish throne, continues to perform royal duties on behalf of her older sister, The Queen.

Danish royal sisters spend summer in Grasten Palace
Queen Anne-Marie. Princess Benedikte, Queen Margrethe II
©Soren Gulck/Danish Royal Court

Danish royal sisters spend summer in Grasten Palace
Queen Anne-Marie. Princess Benedikte, Queen Margrethe II
©Soren Gulck/Danish Royal Court

Queen Anne-Marie, the youngest of the three sisters, gave up her place in the line of succession to the Danish throne, and those of her descendants when she married King Constantine II of Greece in 1964.

Crown Princess Mary in Grasten Palace
The Crown Prince Couple and their children holidaying in Grasten
©Soren Gulck/Danish Royal Court

Crown Princess Mary in Grasten Palace
Crown Prince Frederik, CP Mary, Princesses Isabella, and Josephine.
Prince Vincent (not in picture is Prince Christian)

Joining them for this year's summer break in Grasten Palace are Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, and their four children, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent, and Princess Josephine.

Danish royal sisters spend summer in Grasten Palace
Changing of the Palace Guard in Grasten 
©Soren Gulck/Danish Royal Court

Queen Margrethe II spends summer in Grasten Palace
©Soren Gulck/Danish Royal Court

It's also a tradition that when Her Majesty is in residence, the Changing of the Palace Guards is performed in the castle yard.

Prince Joachim of Denmark in France
Prince Joachim's family watching Tour de France ©Danish Royal Court

Meanwhile, The Queen's youngest son, Prince Joachim who is currently living in France with his wife and children, brought his family (except Prince Nikolai) to watch Tour de France in Cahors where Danish cyclist, Jonas Vingegaard, is competing.

Updated July 24: Jonas Vingegaard wins his first Tour de France title in Paris on the famed Champs-Elysees route. He defeated the two-time defending champion, Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia by three minutes and 34 seconds.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark Grasten Palace
The royal sisters watched Tour de France ©Danish royal court

Queen Margrethe II, Princess Benedicte, and Queen Anne-Marie, watched his victory on television at Grasten Palace. 

Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark
Crown Prince Frederik greeted Jonas Vingegaard after the win ©Danish royal court

The Danish royal family sent congratulations through their official instagram account, while Crown Prince Frederik, who is in Paris to watch the event, personally greeted the champion cyclist.

Chateau de Cayx in Cahors, France
Prince Joachim's family in Chateau de Cayx ©Danish Royal Court

Prince Felix, who just turned 20 on July 22, is spending his summer break with his father's family in France. During summer, Prince Joachim's family stays at The Queen's French estate in Cahors, Chateau de Cayx.

Grasten Palace

Grasten Palace is the summer residence of the Danish royal family. It is located in the Southern part of Jutland.

Grasten Palace. Getty Images
Crown Prince Frederik, Prince Vincent, and Princess Isabella

The main house has a modern, all-white facade with Venetian doors opening onto sweeping, manicured lawns and gravel walkways. 

When the Danish Royal Family visits the Palace every summer, the royal guard departs each day at 11.30 in the morning from the Mansion "Det Gule Palæ" at Ahlefeldvej 4, accompanied by flutes and drums, and marches through the town to the palace.

Updated: July 25, 2022

The Danish royal court just posted new photos of the royal family vacation in Jutland on instagram.

Princess Benedikte, Queen Margrethe II and Queen Anne-Marie ©Danish Royal House/Keld Namingoft

📸 Keld Namingoft ©Danish Royal House

According to its caption:   "Queen Ingrid made a big mark in Grasten Palace during her lifetime, and today her three daughters - Queen Margrethe II, Princess Benedikte, and Queen Anne-Marie, grandchildren and their spouses, gathered together for a cousin get-together"

The royal cousins and their spouses

Royal cousins from left: Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark, Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark, Princess Natalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark, Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, and Prince Joachim of Denmark

It's interesting to note that Queen Ingrid's grandchildren are just some of the most "royally cousins" in Europe because all of them bear the princess and prince titles.

The Danish royal family 
📸 Keld Namingoft ©Danish Royal House

📸 Keld Namingoft ©Danish Royal House

Absent for this year's summer holiday gathering is Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, the eldest son of Queen Anne-Marie. 

While, Constantine II,  the husband of Queen Anne-Marie stayed behind in Greece. Both Queen Margrethe II and Princess Benedikte are already widows. 

The royal sisters 📸 Keld Namingoft 
©Danish Royal House

This year's summer holiday get-together of the Danish royal family is significant because Queen Margrethe II marks her Golden Jubilee celebration.

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