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Louise of Great Britain
Queen consort of Denmark and Norway
Tenure 6 August 1746 – 19 December 1751
Spouse Frederick V of Denmark
Issue
Sophia Magdalena, Queen of Sweden
Caroline, Electress of Hesse
Christian VII of Denmark
Louise, Princess Charles of Hesse
House House of Oldenburg
House of Hanover
Father George II of Great Britain
Mother Caroline of Ansbach
Born 7 December 1724(1724-12-07)
Leicester House, London, England
Died 19 December 1751 (aged 27)
Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark
Burial Roskilde Cathedral, Denmark

Louise of Great Britain (7 December 1724 – 19 December 1751) was the youngest surviving daughter of George II of Great Britain and Caroline of Ansbach, and became queen consort of Denmark and Norway.

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Early life

HRH Princess Louise was born, fifth daughter and youngest child of George, Prince of Wales and Caroline of Ansbach, on 7 December 1724, at Leicester House, London. She was baptised there on 22 December.

On 11 June 1727, when Louise was two years old, her grandfather, George I, died, and her father ascended the throne as George II. As a child of the sovereign, she became automatically entitled to the style HRH The Princess Louise.

Marriage

She married Prince Frederick of Denmark and Norway, on 11 December 1743 at Altona, Holstein and took the courtesy style of HRH Princess Frederick of Denmark and Norway. The couple had five children, one of whom did not survive birth. Although the marriage was arranged, the couple got along quite well. Frederick was comfortable with her, and Louise pretended not to notice his adultery.

When her husband ascended the throne, on 6 August 1746, as Frederick V, she became queen consort, thus becoming known as HM The Queen of Denmark and Norway.

Queen Louise was very popular in Denmark, and it is estimated that her popularity also made her husband popular. Interested in music, dance and theatre, the royal court was given a more easy going tone than under her strictly religious parents-in-law. In 1747, she arranged for the Italian opera company of Pietro Mingotti to play at the royal court theatre, and in 1748, the French Du Londel Troupe was invited for dramatic performances. She was very appreciated for her effort to speak the Danish language, as the royal Danish court was mostly German to its language, and her effort to speak Danish with her children became much appreciated. She was described as well educated and good at conversation, not beautiful but very dignified and well suited in her part as a queen. She died due to complications from a miscarriage.

Later life

Louise died on 19 December 1751, at Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen, predeceasing her husband by fourteen years, and was buried at Roskilde Cathedral. She was pregnant with her sixth child, who also died.

Titles, styles, honours and arms

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Titles and styles

  • 7 December 1724 – 11 June 1727: Her Royal Highness Princess Louise[1]
  • 11 June 1727 – 11 December 1743: Her Royal Highness The Princess Louise
  • 11 December 1743 – 6 August 1746: Her Royal Highness Princess Frederick of Denmark and Norway
  • 6 August 1746 – 19 December 1751: Her Majesty The Queen of Denmark and Norway

Arms

On 30 August 1727, as a child of the sovereign, Louise was granted use of the arms of the realm, differenced by a label argent of three points, each bearing torteaux gules.[2]

Issue

Name Birth Death Notes
Prince Christian Copenhagen, 7 July 1745 Frederiksborg, 3 June 1747 died in infancy
Sophia Magdalena, Queen of Sweden 3 July 1746 21 August 1813 married, 1766, Gustav III, King of Sweden; had issue
Caroline, Landgravine of Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel) 10 July 1747 19 January 1820 married, 1763, William I, Elector of Hesse; had issue
Christian VII 29 January 1749 13 March 1808 married, 1766, Caroline Matilda of Wales; had issue
Louise, Princess Charles of Hesse 30 January 1750 12 January 1831 married, 1766, Prince Charles of Hesse; had issue

Ancestors

References

  1. ^ The London Gazette refers to her as "Princess Louisa"
  2. ^ Marks of Cadency in the British Royal Family

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Royal titles
Preceded by
Sophia Magdalen of Brandenburg-Kulmbach
Queen Consort of Denmark
1746-1751
Succeeded by
Juliana Maria of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
Queen Consort of Norway
1746-1751

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