Catchy tune from a young Danish girl with an interesting family history wins Eurovision
May 19, 2013 3 Comments
“de Forest” isn’t your typical Danish surname so I did a little looking around. Wikipedia is the quickest source online and provides a bit of clarification. Emmelie’s father was named “de Forest” though Wikipedia says she was named Emmelie Engström at birth for her mother’s family name.
It seems that Emmelie claimed to be a great-great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria. That claim seems to have gotten some research going into the very interesting origins or her family. According to the blog Royal Musings the name “de Forest” originates with Emmelie’s grandfather Maurice Arnold de Forest who was the son of an American couple living and working in the Paris circuses.
[Maurice Arnold de Forest's] birth was registered in Paris. Records show that Maurice was the elder son of Edward de Forest (1848-1882) and Juliette Arnold (1860-1882), an American couple who worked in French circuses. He had a younger brother, Raymond (1880-1912). The family lived on the Rue Legendre in Paris. Edouard and Juliette were originally from New York.
Maurice de Forest and his brother were orphaned when they parents died in Constantinople of typhoid while touring with a circus. They were fortunate to be adopted by a wealthy Austrian couple, Baron Moritz (Maurice) von Hirsch and his wife, Clara Bischoffsheim.
So where does Emmelie fit into the family tree? She is the daughter of Ingvar de Forest (1938-2010), said to be the natural son of Maurice de Forest and a Swedish woman, Irma Paula Margareta Engström. Ingvar’s birth was registered in Stockholm with the surname Engström. It was not until he was an adult when he began using the surname de Forest. … Maurice never married Margareta, and he did not have an active role in Ingvar’s life.
So, Emmelie’s family history is incredibly interesting and while her family name, de Forest, is French it comes to her from her American great grandparents.
Anyway, if you have a couple of minutes listen to the tune. It’s rather addictive, especially the flute and drums. It seems and she’s worked very hard, leaving her family home in rural Northern Jutland to attend a music academy to develop her talent.