Historical and Commemorative
Collection of Benjamin Weiss
RECEPTION OF THE KING AND QUEEN OF DENMARK TO THE CITY OF LONDON
BOWCHER, Frank: Denmark, 1893, Bronze, 76 mm
Christian IX (1818-1906), King of Denmark from 1838-1906, was the son of William Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glucksburg. He was the ninth male descendant in a direct line from Christian III, King of Denmark, who died in 1559. In 1842, he married Louise, Princess of Hesse-Cassel, by whom he had several children, including, Alexandra, Princess of Wales, George, King of the Hellenes, and Dagmar, Empress of Russia. Prince Christian ascended the throne on the death of Frederick VII in 1863. However, his accession and claims to certain territories were disputed by rival factions. This was finally settled by military conflict but the Danes lost Jutland and other territories to the German Empire. Despite these setbacks, under the rule of King Christian, Denmark recovered its prosperity, even though it had not extended its territory. He established the principle of a limited monarchy, the king sharing his power with a diet of two houses, both of which were elective. He also secured liberty of religion and of the press and the inviolability of person and property. In 1893 King Christian and Queen Louise visited England and were invited to the Guildhall to receive an address of welcome, the subject of this medal.