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« on: December 24, 2015, 07:30:36 PM »







Prince Joachim's first love: She could never have been princess

She was fully accepted at Amalienborg Palace and the best bet on the next Danish princess in the early 90s. But it was 'not an option', that Prince Joachim's childhood sweetheart Iben Detlef, which on Monday lost her battle to cancer, could have been married to the prince, tells a royal family expert.

For five years, Iben Detlef was Prince Joachim's chosen one. She was the royal inner circle and the obvious guest of Queen Margrethe's 50th birthday in 1990, and the royal couple's silver wedding two years later.

Iben Detlef died Monday at the age of 48 years. She spent her last moments in Svanevig Hospice on Lolland. Her illness began when she was diagnosed with intestinal cancer, which subsequently spread to the abdomen and back. Later metastases occurred in the lungs and one in the pelvis. Iben Detlef was operated on, but the disease could not be cured.

22 years ago rumors swirled that Iben Detlef from Jutland would be the next Danish princess. But she could have never been. Suddenly it was over between her and her prince, who in 1993 started a job in Hong Kong, where he worked for AP Moller - Maersk Group.

Two years after Denmark got a new princess, when Prince Joachim married Alexandra Manley - a career woman from the same remote region.

Exactly what was Prince Joachim to do it abruptly past with the then 27-year-old woman from the Jutland splitting, Voldby is uncertain. But according royal family expert and historian Lars Hovbakke it was not really an option that Iben Detlef could be married to Prince Joachim:

- "There is absolutely no doubt that the Queen's point of view has always been that the princes have had to marry a foreigner", says Lars Hovbakke who is a lecturer at the University of Copenhagen.

- "It is actually the Head of State (the Queen, ed.), who has to approve the princes future spouses. It is not formally forbidden for them to marry someone from Denmark, but in practice she must approve who the next generation marries",he adds.

On paper Iben Detlef fit perfectly for the role of a princess. She understood at the royal etiquette, never gossiped and never said anything wrong to the vigilant press.

- "She was at the family events in the royal family and more accepted than some of the crown prince's old girlfriends. It was not her person, that was the problem. There was just that she came into the royal family, would the stories begin to escape. People would begin to squeal", notes Lars Hovbakke.





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« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2015, 07:37:30 PM »

How tragic. RIP.

She's a beautiful woman. Joachim has better taste in women than Frodo does.
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« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2015, 07:46:57 PM »

How very sad. I wonder if she and Jokke remained friends?
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« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2015, 08:05:01 PM »

Iben Detlefs came from a small town in Jutland, from parents who had divorced. They met when she was 22 and he was 19 and Joachim fell in love on the spot.

They were very close for the next five years and the press was certain she was the one to marry Joachim. She was discreet, spoke French, knew how to use utensils and endeared herself to the Regent Couple.

She remained on friendly footing with the DRF and was invited to QMII 50th birthday and the Regent Couple's silver anniversary.

She remained friends with Joachim and as such her death must have affected him.
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« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2015, 04:59:18 AM »

She was a beautiful Nordic type of lady. Rest in peace!
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« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2015, 09:07:37 AM »

RIP .  Sad
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« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2015, 02:19:42 PM »

RIP . What a beautiful woman and  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes @ Daisy's no Danish women  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Which has done her family more harm than good.  Snore
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« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2015, 04:38:15 PM »

Iben Detlefs came from a small town in Jutland, from parents who had divorced. They met when she was 22 and he was 19 and Joachim fell in love on the spot.

They were very close for the next five years and the press was certain she was the one to marry Joachim. She was discreet, spoke French, knew how to use utensils and endeared herself to the Regent Couple.

She remained on friendly footing with the DRF and was invited to QMII 50th birthday and the Regent Couple's silver anniversary.

She remained friends with Joachim and as such her death must have affected him.


Almost sounds like someone is taking a swipe at "someone" not currently in Denmark... Secret  Iben was a beautiful girl -RIP
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« Reply #8 on: December 25, 2015, 04:55:34 PM »

May she rest in peace! How sad that she has passed away at such an early age Sad
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« Reply #9 on: December 26, 2015, 01:39:36 AM »

Very sad news
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« Reply #10 on: December 26, 2015, 03:06:27 AM »

Iben was also an artist with two sons and two stepchildren.

Her website
http://www.ibenhviid.dk/default.asp?menuid=195

From a few articles about her.







With her husband....neither she nor Jokke seem to have a physical "type" do they


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« Reply #11 on: December 26, 2015, 03:25:06 AM »

She was beautiful. RIP pretty lady.
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