Thursday, July 22, 2021

Ladies and Gentlemen, The King and Queen of Denmark

I realized after my last post that I've been sharing with you a number of depictions of the arms of King Christian IV of Denmark and his wife the Queen, Anne Catherine of Brandenburg, but so far we haven't seen any images or portraits of the couple themselves.

Well, today we're going to fix that.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the King and Queen of Denmark, Christian IV and Anne Catherine of Brandenburg.

This painted armorial genealogy appears in one of the upper rooms at Frederiksborg Castle. (I recommend that you click on the image above to see a larger and thus more detailed picture of this genealogical tree.)

At the bottom center, we have, of course, King Christian IV, and to his left, Queen Anne Catherine. Here they are in close-ups, with their coats of arms in front of them:

The figure to the King's right is their son Frederick III, who succeeded his father as King of Denmark and Norway and ruled from 1648 to 1670.

The remainder of the individuals and shields are, of course, the immediate ancestors of the King and Queen: their parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents.

It's always interesting to see an armorial genealogical tree, and this is one of the bigger and more detailed ones that I have come across. I hope that you find it as impressive and interesting as I do!

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