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Frederick V (Copenhagenmarker, 31 March 1723 ‚Äď Christiansborgmarker, 13 January/14 January 1766) was king of Denmarkmarker and Norwaymarker from 1746, son of Christian VI of Denmark and Sophia Magdalen of Brandenburg-Kulmbach.

First marriage

He was first married at Altona, Holstein on 11 December 1743 to Princess Louise of Great Britain, daughter of King George II and Caroline of Ansbach. They were the parents of six children but only five survived birth.

Louise died on 19 December 1751 at Christiansborg Palace, predeceasing her husband by fourteen years, and was buried at Roskilde Cathedralmarker. She was pregnant with her sixth child, who also died.

Second marriage

Frederick married a second time at Frederiksborg Palacemarker on 8 July 1752 to Juliana Maria of Brunswick-Wolfenb√ľttel, daughter of Ferdinand Albert II, Duke of Brunswick-L√ľneburg. Their notable child was Hereditary Prince Frederick of Denmark and Norway who was, in his turn, father of King Christian VIII of Denmark and grandfather of Louise of Hesse, the future queen of Denmark.She died in 1796 having been regent for her son Prince Frederick.

King Frederick was also the father of five illegitimate children by Else Hansen.


He founded the Royal Danish Academy of Art (Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi) in Copenhagenmarker, which officially opened on March 31, 1754, his 31st birthday. Frederick also purchased what would become known as the Danish West Indies in 1754.

The personal influence of Frederick was a limited one. He was marked by his alcoholism and most of his rule was marked by very able ministers like A. G. Moltke, J. H. E. Bernstorff and H. C. Schimmelmann. They avoided involving Denmark in the European wars of his time. The country remained neutral even for the duration of the Seven Years' War (1756‚Äď63) despite its proximity to combatants Russiamarker and Swedenmarker.

Death and burial

The king died in his forty-third year and after twenty years of reign. His last words were reportedly: "It is a great consolation to me in my last hour that I have never wilfully offended anyone and that there is not a drop of blood on my hands."

Frederick V is interred in Roskilde Cathedralmarker next to Queen Louise.

Louise of Great Britain in 1724
Juliana Maria of Brunswick-Wolfenb√ľttel


Name Birth Death Notes
Prince Christian Copenhagenmarker, 7 July 1745 Frederiksborg, 3 June 1747 died in infancy
Sophia Magdalena, Queen of Sweden 3 July 1746 21 August 1813 married, 1766, Gustav III, King of Sweden; had issue
Caroline, Landgravine of Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel) 10 July 1747 19 January 1820 married, 1763, William I, Elector of Hesse; had issue
King Christian VII 29 January 1749 13 March 1808 married, 1766, Princess Caroline Matilda of Wales; had issue
Louise, Princess Charles of Hesse 30 January 1750 12 January 1831 married, 1766, Prince Charles of Hesse; had issue
Hereditary Prince Frederick 11 October 1753 7 December 1805 married, 1774, Duchess Sophia Frederica of Mecklenburg-Schwerin; had issue

Within one hundred years of his time, Denmark faced the situation of his male issue (the main branch of the Royal House) going extinct. This created a succession crisis beginning from his grandson's reign, affecting both Denmark and Schleswig-Holstein. Finally, his great-grandson by female line, Christian IX of Denmark, who was married with his great-granddaughter Louise of Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel), became the designated heir.)



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