Countess Danner, photo

Countess Danner, Frederik VII’s third wife. Coloured photograph. As a very modern king, Frederik VII’s marriage to a “mere” commoner does not stand out as something peculiar in a contemporary outlook. But in 1850, when Louise Rasmussen became both Countess Danner as well as wife of Frederik VII, the lack of royal blood along with her “bastard” child made her an obvious thorn in the side of the danish bourgeoisie and aristocracy. In spite of this political disadvantage, Frederik VII did not falter in his decision, and she thus became an ever reliable support in his otherwise frantic life.