Caroline Amalie

Caroline Amalie became Queen of Denmark in 1839. She was the daughter of Duke Friedrich Christian of Augustenborg and Princess Louise Augusta. In 1815 she married Prince Christian Frederik, later King Christian VIII.

Caroline Amalie was highly engaged in different social and humanitarian issues and, among other things, she was behind the establishment of several orphanages. Because of her Augustenborg background, she was viewed with a certain distrust by many Danes during the national conflicts in Schleswig-Holstein. However, later in her life she gained much popularity. Caroline Amalie was interested in religious issues and became an important supporter of the Grundtvigian movement.

Caroline Amalie’s and Christian VIII’s marriage was a happy one, but the couple did not have any children. The succesor to the Throne, Frederik, was from Christian’s first marriage to Charlotte Frederikke.