Thursday, 11 July 2013

Countess Victoria Bernstorff-Gyldensteen

Countess Victoria Bernstorff-Gyldensteen was Mary's first lady-in-waiting, during the first two years after Mary Donaldson became crown princess of Denmark.

At Danish court a 'hofdame' is a very close collaborator of a royal: as a PA she prepares activities. She's also present in the background at an activity to take care of small practical things and to make sure everything runs smoothly. The hofdame accompanies Mary to all her public duties in Denmark and abroad and has regular meetings with her at the office, to inform, prepare and councel. For this job an excellent knowledge of Danish society is necessary.

Victoria Bernstorff-Gyldensteen was born in New Jersey (USA) as Cynthia Victoria Ames. She grew up in California and Mexico and studied political science and art history. In 1979 she married Danish count Frants Bernstorff-Gyldensteen. They have two sons, Erik and Peter.

Victoria lives at Gyldensteen manor in Bogense on the isle of Fyn where her husband exploits an agricultural enterprise.

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