That’s what happened when the Swedish princess became Danish – and defied Hitler

This is an incredible story. What a hero!

Princess Ingrid was born in 1910 and was the daughter of King Gustaf VI Adolf and Crown Princess Margareta. In 1935, shortly before her 25th birthday, she became engaged to her brother-in-law, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark. Later in the same year, the couple got married in Stockholm.

Ingrid initially found it difficult to be accepted by the Danish people. The Danes considered the Swedes to be a little rigid, and the Danish royal house was not particularly in high regard at the time.

But Ingrid’s way into the hearts of the Danes was to learn the language. She did it very quickly and just as quickly her popularity increased.

Fredrik and Ingrid

Fredrik and Ingrid


– If it had been a matter of grading, I would have given an A without the slightest doubt, language teacher Ellen Hartman is said to have said.

It took some time before Crown Prince Fredrik and Ingrid had their first child, but on April 16, 1940, little Margrethe was born, who is now Queen of Denmark.

But the folk festival did not take place.

Just a week earlier, Nazi Germany had launched its blitzkrieg against Denmark and Norway. The Second World War had reached Denmark and the country was occupied.

Ingrid refused to speak to the Germans

It created a turbulent time in Denmark and all of Europe. It also meant that the Danish royal house played a large role, purely symbolically.

Ingrid refused to leave Denmark.

Every morning Ingrid is said to have taken a long walk with the pram with her newborn child along the Langelinie Promenade next to the harbor in Østerbro. On the way, she is said to have met German soldiers. But she ignored the Germans and chose not to say a word to a German soldier throughout the war.

Ingrid continued her revolt. She began subscribing to newspapers banned by the Nazis. She became head of Denmark’s women’s emergency service and could be seen cycling around in her Lotta uniform between clothing collections and dinners.

This was exactly what the Danish people needed. If the Queen can stand up to Hitler and the Nazi regime, all Danes can.

Ingrid felt like a Dane, and the Danes finally saw Ingrid as their queen.

– I completely realized that I was now 100 percent Danish, she has said.

The war later ended and so did the Nazi occupation of Denmark. Ingrid continued to be queen until her death in 2000.

Ingrid's funeral

Ingrid’s funeral

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Ingrid was 90 years old, on November 7, 2000, she fell asleep with three daughters and ten grandchildren by her side.

– Queen Ingrid was like a mother to all of Denmark – even though she came from Sweden, said one of the mourners according to BT.

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