Danish Princess Ilona Dies

Written by Henrik Rothen

Jan.05 - 2024 12:02 PM CET

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Danish Princess Ilona Dies.

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The death of Danish Princess Ilona zu Schaumburg-Lippe has been announced. She passed away peacefully on December 30th. Her husband, Prince Wilhelm zu Schaumburg-Lippe, shared the news of her passing through a touching obituary according to Hollywood.dk.

The obituary that can be seen below reads: 

"Princess Ilona zu Schaumburg-Lippe, née Henschel von Gilgenheimb. October 17, 1940 - December 30, 2023. Always loved, never forgotten." the obituary is signed by her husband, Prince Wilhelm zu Schamburg-Lippe and family.

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Queen Margrethe II attended her sons wedding

Princess Ilona was not only a cherished member of the Schaumburg-Lippe family but also held a significant place in the Danish royal family. Her husband, Prince Wilhelm, is closely related to Danish Count Ingolf of Rosenborg. Prince Wilhelm's mother, Princess Feodora of Denmark, was the sister of Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark, who was married to Hereditary Prince Knud, the brother of King Frederik IX.

Throughout the years, Princess Ilona and Prince Wilhelm participated in several important events within the royal family and have been a visible part of the country's history.

Their close relationship with the royal family was further highlighted when the Queen attended their son's wedding.

As a great-granddaughter of King Frederik VIII, Princess Ilona leaves a void in the royal community. Her devotion, elegance, and contributions to the family's legacy will be remembered by those who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Her life reminds us of the deep connection between Denmark's royal family and the Schaumburg-Lippe branch, sharing joys and sorrows over the years. In her passing, she is mourned not only for her individual contributions but also for the enduring bond she represented between these families​.

Princess Ilona will be laid to rest on January 6th at 1:00 PM local time in Glesborg Church.

Photo: Google Maps - Glesborg Church