King Christian X of Denmark

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King Christian X was born on September 26, 1870 at the Charlottenlund Palace in Gentofte Kommune near Copenhagen, Denmark. He was the eldest of the eight children of King Frederik VIII of Denmark and Princess Louise of Sweden, daughter of King Carl XV of Sweden.

Christian had seven siblings:

Christian married Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, daughter of Grand Duke Frederick Francis III of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia,  in Cannes, France on April 26, 1898. The couple had two sons.

In 1940, during World War II, Germany occupied Denmark. Unlike King Haakon VII of Norway (Christian’s brother, born Prince Carl of Denmark) and Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, both of whom went into exile during the German occupation of their countries, King Christian remained in Denmark.  He is remembered for his daily horse ride without a guard through the streets of Copenhagen during the Nazi occupation of Denmark, a symbol of Danish sovereignty.

King Christian X riding his horse through Copenhagen during World War II in defiance of Nazi occupation of Denmark, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

King Christian X died at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen on April 20, 1947 at age 76 and is buried in the Glücksburger Chapel at Roskilde Cathedral.

Tombs of King Christian X and his wife, Photo Credit – Susan Flantzer, August, 2011

Wikipedia: Christian X of Denmark
British Pathé: Video of King Christian’s Funeral

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