Christian VIII, 1831

Christian VIII. Painted by L. Aumont, 1831. Christian VIII became king in 1839, and coronated as the last of the absolute monarchs in 1840. His mother, Sophie Frederikke, was married to the halfbrother of Christian VII, the Heir Presumptive Frederik. Despite this claim, it was believed that his actual father was the adjudant of the Heir Presumptive, called Frederik von Blücher.

When Frederik VI died without an immediate succesor, the choice was therefore the next in line Christian VIII, as decreed upon the conditions in the Lex Regia (Law of the King).