Frederick, Hereditary Prince of Denmark

Frederick, Hereditary Prince Of Denmark

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Frederick, Hereditary Prince of Denmark

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Frederick () (11 October 1753, Copenhagen – 7 December 1805, Copenhagen), was a Hereditary Prince of Denmark and Norway. He was the surviving son of the second marriage of King Frederick V of Denmark with Juliana Maria of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel.

Hereditary Prince Frederick acted as regent on behalf of his half-brother King Christian VII from 1772 to 1784. He is said to have been physically disabled.

Early life

Frederick was born at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen on 11 October 1753. To provide for his future position, at the age of 3 he was elected coadjutor in the Prince-Bishopric of Lübeck. This meant that in time he would succeed the Prince-Bishop then in office, Frederick August. This plan had to be abandoned, however, and Frederick stayed in Denmark as a junior member of the royal family.

Marriage

He married Duchess Sophia Frederica of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1758–1794) in Copenhagen on 21 October 1774. She was a Princess and Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, a daughter of Duke Louis of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Princess Charlotte Sophie of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld.

Regent

His half-brother King Christian VII of Denmark suffering from a severe mental illness (believed to have been schizophrenia), and having been divorced from his wife, Queen Caroline Mathilde (who was then exiled), Prince Frederick was designated as Regent of Denmark in 1772, when 18 years old. His regency was mostly nominal, the power being held by his mother Queen Juliane Marie, and minister......
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