Jærgerspris Castle

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King Frederik VII ended up being an important king of Denmark – but he also ended childless and his royal line ended with him and they had to find a distant relative to succeed him as king of Denmark upon his death.

Castle from the garden

He was a different king who was forced to marry a couple of queens in the hopes one of them would provide an heir to the throne. Neither of the official queens managed to give birth to a royal child and both marriages ended in divorce. Part of the reason might be the king had a not so secret love called Louise. She was a commoner so she was considered unsuited to marry the king. So even though the king wanted to marry her it was impossible.

Garden behind the castle

That is until the king decided to give Denmark a democratic constitution on June 5 1849. After he peacefully declared Denmark as a democracy his popularity soared amongst mainly the people of Copenhagen. In the wake of this tremendous popularity he finally decided to marry Louise. As a commoner she couldn’t become queen instead she got the title of Countess Danner.

The couple was the victims of much gossip and the couple decided to spend most of their time outside of Copenhagen. They choose the castle of Jægerspris as their main residence for the rest of their life. When the king died the countess inherited the castle and lived there for the rest of her life.

When she died she decided to give all her belongings to poor women who had no husband to provide for them and an orphanage was built at the castle to give a home for girls without a home. Her charitable foundation is actually still active today and helps woman who has been the victims of violent relationships.

Today you can still visit the garden of the countess castle in Jægerspris and see the monogram of the countess and the king. I don’t think there is public access to the castle – it was certainly closed when we were last here though it might have been due to the current situation.

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