Christian VII

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Date of Birth January 29, 1749
Place of Birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Date of Death Mar 13, 1808 (59)
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Christian VII was a monarch of the House of Oldenburg who was King of Denmark–Norway and Duke of Schleswig and Holstein from 1766 until his death. For his motto he chose: "Gloria ex amore patriae". Christian VII's reign was marked by mental illness and for most of his reign Christian was only nominally king. His half-brother Frederick was designated as regent of Denmark in 1772. From 1784 until Christian VII's death in 1808, Christian's son, later Frederick VI, acted as unofficial regent.

Predecessor: Frederick V
Successor: Frederick VI
Born: January 29, 1749, Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen
Died: March 13, 1808, Rendsburg
Burial: Roskilde Cathedral
Issue: Frederick VI of Denmark, Louise Auguste, Duchess of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg
House: Oldenburg
Father: Frederick V of Denmark
Mother: Louise of Great Britain
Religion: Lutheran

About Christian VII

Remembered as a puppet king under the thumb of his powerful personal doctor, Johann Friedrich Struensee, this Danish regent fell from power as the result of a 1772 coup d'etat.

Before Fame

He was born to Princess Louise of Great Britain and King Frederick V of Denmark. Early in his life, he married his cousin, Princess Caroline Matilda.


He was afflicted with mental illness and suffered from paranoid ideation that resulted in self-harm.

Family Life

After Christian VII was removed from power, his half-sibling (Frederick) and his stepmother (Juliane Marie of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel) ruled the country with the help of a Danish politician named Ove Hoegh-Guldberg. His son, Frederick VI, later became involved in governing Denmark.


Like Mary Crown Princess of Denmark, he belonged to Danish royalty.

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  • Dukes of Schleswig
  • Nobility from Copenhagen
  • Burials at Roskilde Cathedral
  • Norwegian monarchs
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Latest information about Christian VII updated on March 02, 2021.

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