prince Frederik was as a child feeble. He was brought up by various
persons, among others Struense, who had a good influence on the crown
After the fall of Struense and his mothers banishing his upbringing
became less fortunate, he was at that time only 4 years old. His mental
illness father he never got any relationship to.
He did not learn any special knowledge, but became very interested in
military practice. He became tough and indifferent to others sufferings,
and he became skilled in pretending.
During time he did not change, and as an elderly man he was
uncompromising, but good-natured.
Early he felt disregarded by Juliane Marie (Frederik 5th’s
queen), and when he was 15 years old, he planned to take over power.
He let A. P. Bernstorff, who after his dismissal lived at his estates in
Germany, and some few other statesmen, into his plans, which were kept
hidden for two years.
But when he 16 years old had been confirmed, and for the first time the
14th April 1784 attended a state council meeting, he
introduced a document, by which the state council dissolved and a new
Christian 7th signed, as he was used to sign all what was
The prince protested, and he and the crown prince almost came into a
fight, but in vain.
The change of government was fulfilled, from now on the signature of the
crown prince should show next to the kings to make a decision valid.
Guldberg, who had just become a member of the state council, was sent as
a county mayor to Århus.
Much happened in Frederik 6th’s reign: Copenhagen’s fire
1795, the loss of the fleet and Copenhagen’s bombardment in 1807, the
Napoleon wars, the state bankrupt 1813 and the loss of Norway 1814.
The former superpower Denmark, was now placed among the small states of
Europe. Only a few would realize this, and Denmark led the way as a
superpower until the new situation became obvious by the miserable
defeat to Germany in 1864 as described under Christian 9th.
King Frederrik 6th was very popular in spite of much hardship.
Frederik 6th was son of Christian 7th and queen
Caroline Mathilde, and he was married in 1790 to Sofie Frederikke of
Frederik 6th and Sofie Frederikke had the children:
(1793 - 1881) married in 1829 to prince Ferdinand of Denmark.
(1808 - 1891) married in 1828 to the later Frederik 7th.
6th and his mistress (maitressen) Frederikke Dannemand (Bente
Mortensdatter Andersen (Rafsted)) had the children:
(1810 - 1888)
Caroline (1812 - 1844)
Frederik Vilhelm (1813 - 1888)
Frederik Valdemar (1819 - 1835).