History - On This Day - 26 September 1870 - King Christian X of Denmark, a symbol of national cause

On 26 September 1870 at Charlottenlund Palace in Copenhagen, a royal boy
was born. He received the long name:
Christian Carl Frederik Albert Alexander Vilhelm.



Family

He was the oldest son of Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark and his
wife, Louise of Sweden. He was a member of the House of Glücksburg.

Among his siblings was King Haakon VII of Norway.

Love and marriage

On 26 April 1898, Christian married Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
in Cannes. She was a daughter of Frederick, Francis III, Grand Duke of
Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia.
Christian and Alexandrine had 2 sons.



Reign

On 29 January 1906, King Christian IX died and Christian's father ascended the
throne as King Frederick VIII. Christian became Crown Prince.

On 14 May 1912, King Frederick VIII died after collapsing from shortness of
breath while walking in a park in Hamburg, Germany. Shortly afterwards
Christian took up the reign as King Christian X.

In April 1920 Christian was involved in what is called the Easter Crisis. This
was a conflict between the King and the cabinet about the reunification with
Denmark of Schleswig. The Prime Minister and the King didn't agree and
Christian X dismissed his government, this caused demonstrations and a
revolutionary atmosphere in Denmark. After the crisis, Christian X accepted
his drastically reduced role as symbolic head of state.

On 9 April 1940, Nazy Germany invaded Denmark. Christian X stayed in
his capital, there he became the symbol of the national cause.

After a fall with his horse on 19 October 1942, he became invalid for the
rest of his reign.



Death

On 20 April 1947, Christian X died in the Amalienborg Palace. He was
interred in Roskilde Cathedral near Copenhagen.


Source pictures: Wikipedia
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