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Christian IX was known as the "father-in-law of Europe" because of the dynastic marriages of his children, which lead to the connections Denmark has to multiple royal houses today:

Daughter Princess Alexandra married Edward VII (Britain)
Daughter Princess Dagmar married Tsar Alexander III (Russia)
Son Prince Vilhelm became King George I of Greece, descendants can also be counted through great-great-granddaughter Princess Anne-Marie who married Constantine II (Greece)
Great-granddaughter Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma, through son Prince Valdemar, became Queen Anne of Romania (Romania)
Grandson Prince Carl became King Haakon VII of Norway (Norway)
Great-granddaughter Princess Astrid of Sweden married Leopold III of the Belgians (Belgium)
Great-great-granddaughter Princess Josephine-Charlotte of Belgium, daughter of Princess Astrid (above), married Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
Great-great-granddaughter Princess Sophia of Greece married King Juan Carlos I of Spain (Spain)
Daughter Princess Thyra married the Crown Prince of Hanover (never became King because the Hanoverian throne was abolished before his reign) (Hanover)
Granddaughter Princess Alexandra of Hanover married Grand Duke Frederick Francis IV of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Mecklenburg-Schwerin)
Granddaughter Princess Marie Louise of Hanover married Prince Maximilian of Baden (never became Grand Duke as the monarchy was abolished) (Baden)
Granddaughter Princess Louise married Prince Friedrich Georg of Schaumburg-Lippe (Schaumburg-Lippe)

As kalnel said, if these princesses had kept their rights to the Danish throne (particularly Christian IX's daughters) despite their marriages to the various Kings/Heirs to (at the time) reigning houses, in theory each of these houses, plus various German houses, could be in line for the throne (provided the King at the time did not impose conditions like Frederik IX did to Benedikte regarding her children) and the line of succession would be much longer than it is now.
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Thank you, very interesting
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Exactly.

When you combine both men and women with "theoretical rights" to the Danish throne, several of the present-day scions would be connected through other links, too. For example, Queen Sophia, King Constantine, and Princess Irene would be heirs through their father's Greek line and/or their mother's descent from Thyra of Hanover (nee Denmark).

Similarly, in the Romanian royal house, the line could be through Queen Anne (as you point out) or through King Michael, whose mother was a granddaughter of George I of Greece.

The British throne, too. Elizabeth descends from Alexandra, while Philip descends from George I.

Again, talking hypothetically, one could argue that Queen Anne-Marie's children would have the strongest blood claim on the Danish throne possible, since three or their four grandparents are direct descendants of the Danish royal house. (I don't think Ingrid has any Danish roots, but I didn't research it.)

Prince Knud's children are about the only ones who would come close to such blood ties, since both Knud and Caroline-Mathilde were Danish royals by birth.


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Christian IX was known as the "father-in-law of Europe" because of the dynastic marriages of his children, which lead to the connections Denmark has to multiple royal houses today:

Daughter Princess Alexandra married Edward VII (Britain)
Daughter Princess Dagmar married Tsar Alexander III (Russia)
Son Prince Vilhelm became King George I of Greece, descendants can also be counted through great-great-granddaughter Princess Anne-Marie who married Constantine II (Greece)
Great-granddaughter Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma, through son Prince Valdemar, became Queen Anne of Romania (Romania)
Grandson Prince Carl became King Haakon VII of Norway (Norway)
Great-granddaughter Princess Astrid of Sweden married Leopold III of the Belgians (Belgium)
Great-great-granddaughter Princess Josephine-Charlotte of Belgium, daughter of Princess Astrid (above), married Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
Great-great-granddaughter Princess Sophia of Greece married King Juan Carlos I of Spain (Spain)
Daughter Princess Thyra married the Crown Prince of Hanover (never became King because the Hanoverian throne was abolished before his reign) (Hanover)
Granddaughter Princess Alexandra of Hanover married Grand Duke Frederick Francis IV of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Mecklenburg-Schwerin)
Granddaughter Princess Marie Louise of Hanover married Prince Maximilian of Baden (never became Grand Duke as the monarchy was abolished) (Baden)
Granddaughter Princess Louise married Prince Friedrich Georg of Schaumburg-Lippe (Schaumburg-Lippe)

As kalnel said, if these princesses had kept their rights to the Danish throne (particularly Christian IX's daughters) despite their marriages to the various Kings/Heirs to (at the time) reigning houses, in theory each of these houses, plus various German houses, could be in line for the throne (provided the King at the time did not impose conditions like Frederik IX did to Benedikte regarding her children) and the line of succession would be much longer than it is now.
Forgot to add mention another obvious "multiple descendant": King Harald of Norway and his sisters.

Their father was a Danish prince by birth and the son of two Christian IX grandchildren, and their mother was a granddaughter of Frederick VIII.
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I'm glad the succesion is limited. Else it would be quite a lot bigger.
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I just wonder if the Royal line of Prince Axel was continued, would his descendants remain in the line of succession? For example, if Prince Georg Valdemar and Anne Bowes-Lyon had children or Prince Flemming married dynastically and produced the next generation of princes and princesses of Denmark.
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In theory, going along with the above discussion, yes.

But in 1953, with the change in the Act of Succession to allow females to succeed the throne, the succession was limited to descendants of Christian X, Prince Axel's first cousin. So any other descendants of Frederik VIII and Christian IX (that are not also descended also from Christian X) are not in line for the throne.
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