Caroline Mathilde, 1771

Caroline Mathilde. Copy of original by Jens Juel from 1771. At the age of 15 Caroline Mathilde was married to her own cousin, King Christian VII of Denmark, and the marriage only resulted in one heir, Frederik VI.

She quickly became isolated in the court, and found no consolation in her schizophrenic and unfaithful husband, which resulted in her affair with J.F. Struense, who is considered to have been the father of princess Louisa Augusta. Because of her adultery with the coup plotter Struense, who was also the personal doctor of the king, she was arrested in 1772, banished to a castle in Celle and the marriage was annulled.