Louise of Hesse-Kassel

Louise Of Hesse-Kassel

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Louise of Hesse (, ) (7 September 1817, Kassel – 29 September 1898, Bernstorff Palace) was a German Princess and (from 15 November 1863) the queen consort to King Christian IX of Denmark.

Early Life and Ancestry

Louise of Hesse was a daughter of an ancient German princely family, the Landgraves of Hesse, but lived in Denmark from the age of three and had Danish ancestry, which made her Danish for all practical purposes. In the political and dynastic conflicts during her lifetime she found herself, mainly because of her own hereditary position, in opposition to German nationalism and protective of Danish interests.

She was a daughter of Prince William of Hesse and Charlotte of Denmark (1789–1864). Her mother, a Princess of Denmark, saw her become Hereditary Princess of Denmark and then Queen of Denmark. Louise's paternal grandparents were Prince Frederick of Hesse, youngest brother of William I, Elector of Hesse, and Princess Caroline of Nassau-Usingen; and her maternal grandparents were Sophie Frederikke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Hereditary Prince Frederick of Denmark and Norway, sometime Regent of Denmark and Norway, youngest son of King Frederick V of Denmark.

She was a niece of King Christian VIII, who ruled Denmark in 1839–48 and was briefly King of Norway in 1814. As such, she was very close to the succession after several individuals of the Royal House of Denmark who were elderly and...
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