Caroline Matilda of Great Britain

Caroline Matilda of Great Britain

Queen Consort of Denmark and Norway + 1766–1772
Born Jul 22, 1751

Caroline Matilda of Great Britain was Queen of Denmark and Norway from 1766 to 1772 and a member of the British Royal Family.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Caroline Matilda of Great Britain.


1751 Birth Born on July 22, 1751.


1764 12 Years Old In 1764, negotiations were made between the British and Danish royal houses of a marriage between the Danish heir to the throne and a British princess. … Read More
1765 13 Years Old The marriage was announced in Great Britain 10 January 1765.
1766 14 Years Old 1 More Event
In October 1766, at the age of fifteen, Caroline Matilda married by proxy her cousin, Christian VII of Denmark in Great Britain with a stand-in for the groom, and left for Denmark. … Read More
1768 16 Years Old 1 More Event
The Danish King was persuaded by his old tutor Reverdil to consummate the marriage for the sake of the succession, and after a son was born in January 1768, he turned his interest to the courtesan Støvlet-Cathrine, with whom he visited the brothels of Copenhagen. … Read More
During 1769, Struensee encouraged the King in his attraction to Birgitte Sofie Gabel, reportedly because he believed a relationship with an intelligent woman would make the King more mentally stable and his insanity easier to handle, but this failed, and the attempt to provide the King with a mistress made the Queen hostile toward Struensee.
1770 18 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 1770, Struensee was given his own bedroom in the Christiansborg Palace and, by spring 1770, he was her lover. … Read More
1771 19 Years Old 1 More Event
On the King's birthday in January 1771, she founded the Mathildeordenen and distributed it to her and her lover's friends and supporters. … Read More


1772 20 Years Old 1 More Event
The marriage of Caroline Matilda and Christian was dissolved by divorce in April 1772. After the divorce, Johann Friedrich Struensee and his accomplice Count Enevold Brandt were executed for treason on 28 April 1772.
1774 22 Years Old In 1774, she became the center of a plot with the intent to make her the Regent of Denmark as the guardian of the Crown Prince, instigated by Ernst Schimmelmann with the Englishman Nathaniel Wraxall as a messenger. … Read More
1775 23 Years Old 1 More Event
She herself wrote a letter to her brother in 1775, in which she asked for his approval for the plan, which she referred to as “this scheme for my son's happiness.”
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