Anna Sofie of Denmark-Norway

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Anna Sofie of Denmark-Norway

Midtjylland, Denmark
Death 7 Jan 1743 (aged 49)
Midtjylland, Denmark
Burial Roskilde, Roskilde Kommune, Sjælland, Denmark
Memorial ID 9435765 View Source
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Danish and Norwegian Royalty. She received notoriety for becoming the second wife of Danish King Frederik IV. She was born Countess Reventlow, the daughter of Grand-chancellor, Count Conrad Reventlow and his second wife, Countess Sophie Amalie Hahn. In June 1712 Frederik IV met her at a masquerade ball at the royal Castle Koldinghus. Although married, the king wanted to become romantically involved with her. Since she refused to be his mistress, he asked her to be come his wife. Shortly after meeting her, the king arrived in a carriage in the middle of the night at her father's home, Clausholm Castle, and eloped with her. He brought her to the royal Castle Skanderborg where he married her in "the left-hand" ceremony on June 26, 1712. In Denmark, an official wedding ring was worn on the right hand. Upon hearing of this, the King's wife, Queen Louise of Mecklenburg-Güstrow, secluded herself from the court, living quietly and deeply humiliated with disgrace for the rest of her life. She died March 15, 1721. Without a period of mourning, nineteen days later, the king married Anna Sophie with an official "right-handed” marriage ceremony, and placed the crown on her head to installed her as his new queen. The crown prince Christian, later King Christian VI, was furious on behalf of his mother, and he never forgave his father nor his "mistress". Many of the country's citizen were surprised at Frederik IV's behavior. After King Frederik's death in 1730 and going against the his will, Queen Anna Sophie was expelled from the royal court by newly-crowned King Christian VI, and sent to live in exile at her family's Clausholm Castle for the last 13 years of her life. Queen Anna Sophie gave birth to five infants but none lived through infancy. She regarded the deaths of her children as God's punishment for the sinful life-style with the king while he was still married. When she died, Christian VI allowed her body to be interred in the Cathedral of Roskilde, yet not in one of the royal vaults, but instead in the vault of the Trolle-family, which is as far as possible from King Frederik's tomb.

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