Princess Anne of Denmark

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Anne of Denmark
Born (1917-12-04)4 December 1917
Washington, D.C., U.S.
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London, England
Spouse Thomas Anson, Viscount Anson
(m. 1938; div. 1948)
Prince George Valdemar of Denmark
(m. 1950; her death 1980)
Issue Patrick Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield
Lady Elizabeth Shakerley
Full name
Anne Ferelith Fenella
Father The Hon. John Bowes-Lyon
Mother The Hon. Fenella Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis

Princess Anne of Denmark (4 December 1917 – 26 September 1980) was the mother of royal photographer Patrick Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield, and a first cousin of Elizabeth II.


She was born Anne Ferelith Fenella Bowes-Lyon in Washington, D.C., in 1917. Her father was Hon. John Herbert Bowes-Lyon and her mother was Hon. Fenella Bowes-Lyon (née Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis), daughter of The 21st Baron Clinton. Anne had three sisters, two of whom were Nerissa and Katherine Bowes-Lyon. These sisters were later known as 'the Queen's hidden cousins',[1] institutionalized since 1941 for mental disorders.

Anne's paternal grandfather was The 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, father of her aunt Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, who was born Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.


Anne and Viscount Anson were divorced in 1948 and on 16 September 1950 at Glamis Castle she subsequently married Prince George Valdemar of Denmark, upon which she became Princess Anne of Denmark. Her second husband was a great-grandson of both King Christian IX of Denmark and King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway.

Anne died in 1980, aged 62, in London, of a myocardial infarction.[2]



  1. Mary greene, "The Queen's hidden cousin", Daily Mail, 11 Nov 2011, retrieved 14 Nov 2011