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Profile of the Day: Frederick IX

On this day in 1899, Frederick IX, King of Denmark, was born in Sorgenfri Castle, near Copenhagen.

Image: Frederick IX of Denmark / Nationaal Archief

Frederick IX was the eldest son of King Christian X and Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and the fourth Danish monarch of the House of Glücksburg. When he was baptized in April 1899, he had 21 godparents, including his great grandfather Christian IX of Denmark, Nicholas II of Russia, and the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII of the United Kingdom).

A highly popular monarch, Frederick IX reigned from 1947 until his death in 1972. With no sons and three daughters, his brother Knud was expected to inherit the thrown. However, in 1953, an Act of Succession was passed, allowing a female to inherit the throne if there were no male heirs. His eldest daughter, Margrethe succeeded her father upon his death.

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