1786 - 1848 (61 years)
Has more than 250 ancestors and one descendant in this family tree.
||Christian VIII Friedrich af Danmark |
||18 Sep 1786
||Slot Christianborg, København
||20 Jan 1848
||Slot Amalienborg, København
||14 Apr 2002 |
- 17.5.-10.10.1814 King of Norway
Towards constitutional monarchy
By the time of the Kiel peace treaty of 1814 the Danish Prince Christian Frederik, heir to the throne of Denmark-Norway, was already on the scene He objected to Norway being handed over to England´s ally, Sweden. He also said the treaty invalidated his right of succession to the Norwegian throne, adding that if Norway wanted him as king he would have to be elected - which he knew would strengthen his position. The pro-independence assembly at Eidsvold elected him king on 17 May, the day the Constitution was adopted - still a day of national celebration for all Norwegians. But Sweden claimed Norway as agreed in return for Finland and opened hostilities. Military confrontation was not Christian Frederik´s strong point, and when it was clear the Norwegian throne would go to Sweden, he abdicated and left Norway. Christian Frederik has been blamed for bungling events until Norway had no other choice but union with Sweden. However, he had few options. His importance lay in his role as a rallying-point for the men of Eidsvold when they drew up the Constitution. This alone secures Christian Frederik's short reign its place in Norway's constitutional history.