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King Frederik 6th
1768 - 1839               King 1808-39
                             Norway 1808-14
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The picture can be seen at The Rosenborg Castle

King Frederik 6th and queen Marie Sofie Frederikke (at the chair) and their two daughters

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Crown 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 prince.
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 was appointed.

Christian 7th signed, as he was used to sign all what was presented him.
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 Hessen-Kassel.

Frederik 6th and Sofie Frederikke had the children:
Caroline (1793 - 1881) married in 1829 to prince Ferdinand of Denmark.
Wilhelmine (1808 - 1891) married in 1828 to the later Frederik 7th.
Frederik 6th and his mistress (maitressen) Frederikke Dannemand (Bente Mortensdatter Andersen (Rafsted)) had the children:
Louise Frederikke (1810 - 1888)
Caroline (1812 - 1844)
Frederik Vilhelm (1813 - 1888)
Frederik Valdemar (1819 - 1835).

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