Today in History - January 28th. 1768 - Frederick VI of Denmark

On January 28th. 1768, Frederick VI of Denmark was born in Christiansborg Palace
in Copenhagen (Denmark).


Frederick VI of Denmark
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His parents were Christian VII of Denmark and Carolina Matilda of Great Britain. 

He married his first cousin Marie of Hesse-Kassel. This princess came from a
German family but had royal family links with both Denmark and Great Britain.


Marie of Hesse-Kassel
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They married in Gottorp and had 8 children. Only two daughters survived 
their childhood.

In 1808  Frederick became King of Denmark and Norway. In 1814 he lost
the throne of Norway.


Frederick VI
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Frederick VI was patron of astronomy. In 1832 he offered prizes for anyone
who discovered a comet by using a telescope.

Frederick VI died on December 3rd. 1839 @ Amalienborg Palace in
Copenhagen (Denmark).