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King Frederik VIII Christian Vilhelm Carl of Denmark von Glücksburg (Schleswig-Holstein, Glücksburg), King of Denmark

Danish: Frederik Vlll Christian Vilhelm Carl af Danmark von Glücksborg (Slesvig- Holsten, Glüksborg), Konge af Danmark, German: Friedrich Vlll Christian Vilhelm Carl von Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, King of Denmark, Swedish: Kong Fredrik VIII av Danmark, King of Denmark
Also Known As: "Kronprins Frederik"
Birthplace: København, Danmark (Denmark)
Death: May 14, 1912 (68)
Hamburg, Hamburg, Deutschland(DKR)
Place of Burial: Roskilde, Danmark
Immediate Family:

Son of Christian IX, king of Denmark; Кристиан IX Датский; Queen Consort Louise Wilhelmine Friederikke Karoline Auguste Julie of Hesse-Kassel, Consort of Denmark and Луиза Гессен-Кассельская
Husband of Queen Louise Josefina Eugenia Bernadotte of Sweden and Norway, Queen Consort of Denmark
Father of Christian X, King of Denmark and Iceland; Haakon VII, King of Norway; Louise Caroline Glücksburg; Prince Harald of Denmark; Princess Ingeborg, Duchess of Västergötland and 3 others
Brother of Princess Thyra of Denmark, Crown Princess of Hanover; Мария Фёдоровна Датская; Александра Датская; Георг I Греческий и Датский; Вальдемар Датский and 4 others

Occupation: Kung i Danmark 1906-1912, King of Denmark, Kung i Danmark 1906-12
Managed by: Günther Kipp
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About Frederik VIII, Konge af Danmark

  • Christian Frederik Vilhelm Carl zu Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, Prince(Prins) af Danmark.
  • King(konge) Frederik VIII of Denmark 29 January 1906 - 14 may 1912
  • Valgsprog: Herren er min hjælper
  • Motto: The Lord is my helper

Predecessor: Christian IX Successor: Christian X

Frederick VIII (Christian Frederik Vilhelm Carl) was King of Denmark from 1906 to 1912.

Before his accession to the throne at age 62, he served as crown prince for 42 years. During the long reign of his father, King Christian IX, he was largely excluded from influence and political power.

Frederick was born on 3 June 1843 in the Yellow Palace in Copenhagen as Prince Frederick of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, a junior male line of the House of Oldenburg, which was descended from Christian III of Denmark and which had ruled as non-sovereign dukes in Schleswig-Holstein for eight generations, including Frederick's grandfather. Frederick's parents were Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg and Louise of Hesse-Kassel.

In 1853, his father was chosen as the heir presumptive to the Danish throne, because Frederick's mother, Louise of Hesse-Kassel, was a close relative of the last Danish king of the Oldenburg main line (the other heirs of the House of Hesse renounced their claims to the Danish throne in favour of Louise and her husband). Accordingly, Frederick became a Prince of Denmark in 1853.

After his confirmation in 1860, Frederick was given a military education. In 1863, Prince Frederick was sent to do studies at the University of Oxford but when his father ascended the throne in November that year, he became Crown Prince and returned to Denmark.

As Crown Prince of Denmark, he was given a seat in the State Council and subsequently assisted his father in the duties of government.

In 1864, he formally took part in the Second Schleswig War against Prussia.

Louise of Hesse wanted her eldest son to marry as well as her two daughters, Alexandra and Dagmar, had. Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom had two yet unmarried daughters, Princess Helena and Princess Louise, and Louise tried to marry Frederick to one of them. However, the British Queen didn't want her daughters to marry the heirs to foreign crowns, as this would force them to live abroad. She preferred German princes who could establish homes in the UK. In addition, Victoria had always been pro-German and another Danish alliance (Frederick's sister, Alexandra, had married Victoria's eldest son, the Prince of Wales), would not have been in line with her German interests.

In July 1868, Frederick became engaged to Princess Louise of Sweden, the 17-year-old only daughter of King Charles XV of Sweden and IV of Norway. Princess Louise's family was related by marriage to Napoleon Bonaparte. She belonged to the Bernadotte dynasty, which had ruled in Sweden since 1818, when the founder, Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, one of Napoleon's generals, was elected crown prince of Sweden in 1810 and later succeeded the throne as Charles XIV of Sweden in 1818. He married Désirée Clary, who had once been engaged to the French Emperor. Charles XIV's son, Oscar I of Sweden, married Josephine of Leuchtenberg, granddaughter of Napoleon's first wife, the Empress Josephine. King Oscar I and Queen Josephine were Princess Louise's paternal grandparents.

The marriage was suggested as a way of creating friendship between Denmark and Sweden. The two countries were in a tense situation after Sweden had not assisted Denmark during the war with Prussia in 1864. Frederick and Louise had met for the first time in 1862, but in 1868 Frederick was invited to Sweden to get to know Louise, and their meeting was described as a success. They became engaged the same year. She was the first Swedish princess to be married into the Danish royal house since the Middle Ages, and the marriage was welcomed in all three Scandinavian countries as a symbol of the new Scandinavism.

Crown Prince Frederick and Louise of Sweden married at the Royal Palace in Stockholm on 28 July 1869. The couple resided at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, spending the summers at Charlottenlund Palace north of the city. They had four sons and four daughters. The marriage was not a happy one, nor did it have any effect on the relationship between the two countries.

Frederick became king of Denmark as Frederick VIII on Christian IX's death on 29 January 1906. He was 62 years old at the time and had been Crown Prince for 43 years.

In many ways Frederick VIII was a liberal ruler who was much more favorable to the new parliamentarian system than his father had been. Because of his very late accession to the throne he had only a few years to show his ability and he was weakened by ill health.

On his return journey from a trip to Nice, King Frederick made a short stop in Hamburg, staying at the Hotel Hamburger Hof. The evening of his arrival on 14 May 1912, Frederick (incognito) took a walk on the Jungfernstieg. While walking he became faint and collapsed on a park bench and died. He was discovered by a police officer who took him to a Hafen hospital where he was pronounced dead. His cause of death was announced as a paralysis-attack. He was interred with other members of the Danish royal family in Roskilde Cathedral near Copenhagen.

The royal families of Denmark, Norway, Belgium and Luxembourg are descended from King Frederick VIII. Denmark comes naturally, Norway's family goes through the line of his son, Prince Carl, and the families of Belgium and Luxembourg are descended from his daughter, Princess Ingeborg of Denmark.

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Frederik VIII, Konge af Danmark's Timeline

June 3, 1843
København, Danmark (Denmark)
June 3, 1843
- July 31, 1853
Sonderborg, Sønderborg Municipality, Region Syddanmark, Denmark
July 28, 1843
Yellow Palace, Copenhagen, København, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark
July 31, 1853
- December 21, 1858
Age 10
Copenhagen, København, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark
December 21, 1858
- November 15, 1863
Age 15
Copenhagen, København, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark
November 15, 1863
- January 29, 1906
Age 20
Copenhagen, København, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark
September 26, 1870
Charlottenlund, København, Hovedstaden, Danmark (Denmark)

Denmark Church Records, 1813-1919

Lovisa Josephine Eugenia
Son: Christian Carl Frederik Albert Alexander Vilhelm
Birth/Baptism of son: Sep 26 1870 - Hof Og Slotskirken, København, Denmark
Husband: Christian Frederik Vilhelm Carl Vilhelm

August 3, 1872
Charlottenlund, Gentofte, Danmark (Denmark)

Denmark Church Records, 1813-1919

Knuds Christian Frederik Carl Georg Valdemar Axel
Birth/Baptism: Aug 3 1872 - Hof Og Slotskirken, København, Denmark
Parents: Christian Frederik Vilhelm Carl, Loüise Josephine Eugenie