Some spend decades finding their right shelf in life. But Queen Margrethe’s niece Princess Nathalie has always known what she wanted.
However, the way to make the dream come true was tortuous. Not least due to her very strict father.
It tells the princess in an interview with Alt.dk.
Princess Nathalie was only four years old when she was first put on the back of a horse – an interest that bit so hard that she has since made it her way of life to be a professional dressage rider.
Princess Nathalie is seen here during the Olympics in Tokyo.
Photo: Liselotte Sabroe
As the daughter of Princess Benedict and Prince Richard of Berleburg, the princess at the castle in Berleburg had a protected childhood, which, however, was more relaxed than with those of her cousins and successors – including Crown Prince Frederik.
But Prince Richard was of the strict type – for example, Princess Nathalie and her two siblings were not allowed to watch TV when it was light outside, and they always had to eat up.[display-posts orderby="rand"]
The princess therefore did not always get her will, but she managed to get through with her interest in horses.
Over time, the princess has become such a skilled rider that she has represented Denmark at the Olympics. But the great focus on riding has also had its price:
Princess Alexandra of Berleburg (left), Michael Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille and Princess Nathalie of Berleburg are seen here on their way to Princess Benedict’s 75th birthday.
Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen
‘I have missed pretty much every family party like christenings, weddings and birthdays because I always had to train or ride championships. When Crown Prince Frederik was getting married, I rode the convention in Germany, so I flew home and attended the ceremony and dinner before I flew back, “says the princess, who has also had the births of her children taken care of in the convention calendars.
Already two months after the birth of her first child, son Konstantin Gustav in 2010, she rode the World Cup in Kentucky, where she got a seventh place.
And while she was pregnant with her daughter in 2014, she rode her last World Cup in 2014.
Although Princess Nathalie grew up in Germany, she has maintained a close relationship with Denmark – not least due to her grandmother, Queen Ingrid.
Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein on the horse Digby.
Photo: Henning Bagger
It was the old queen who encouraged her to get Danish citizenship, which the princess has since used when she has ridden for the Danish national team.
Princess Nathalie has also been the national coach of the Danish dressage national team for a number of years – a position she took on because she believed that the former national coach did not really support the riders.
After some successful years, where the princess has, among other things, had a large share in the fact that dressage rider Cathrine Dufour has risen among the world elite, she chose in November to announce that she will stop as national coach.
The reason was that the Danish Equestrian Federation made a new elite setup, where the national coach role would in future be replaced with an expert team of recognized profiles, of which the princess did not want to be a part.
Prisesse Nathalie is married to Alexander Johannsmann, who comes from a German horse-breeding family. They met in 2006 and got married in 2010.
The couple lives in their own apartment at the castle in Berleburg, where her mother and brother also live. At the castle, the princess also has her horses, which she trains.