Princess Anne of Denmark

For other people named Princess Anne of Denmark, see Princess Anne of Denmark (disambiguation).
Princess Anne
Viscountess Anson
Princess George Valdemar of Denmark
Born (1917-12-04)4 December 1917
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Died 26 September 1980(1980-09-26) (aged 62)
London, England
Spouse Thomas Anson, Viscount Anson
(m. 1938; div. 1948)

Prince George Valdemar of Denmark
(m. 1950)
Issue Patrick Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield
Lady Elizabeth Anson
Full name
Anne Ferelith Fenella
Father John Herbert Bowes-Lyon
Mother Fenella Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis

Princess Anne of Denmark (born Anne Ferelith Fenella Bowes-Lyon; 4 December 1917 26 September 1980) was the mother of royal photographer Patrick Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield, a first cousin of Elizabeth II, and a Princess of Denmark through her second marriage.


Anne Bowes-Lyon was born in Washington, D.C., in 1917. Her father was the Hon. John Herbert Bowes-Lyon, an elder brother of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and her mother was the Hon. Fenella Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis, daughter of Charles Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis, 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 severe mental retardation.

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


Anne married Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas William Arnold Anson (1913–1958) on 28 April 1938. As her husband held the courtesy title of Viscount Anson, Anne was styled Viscountess Anson upon their marriage. They were divorced in 1948. They had two children, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren:

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
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