Interesting article, but I'm a little bit disappointed that the marriage of Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Hesse-Kassel (nephew of Christian XIII) and Grand Duchess Alexandra Nikolaevna of Russia was not discussed, as I have been researching this pair for years and would have loved another historically accurate source for my bibliography. If Alexandra had not died seven months after her wedding, she and Friedrich could have been king and queen of Denmark--I believe Charlotte Zeepvat mentions this in her article "A King and Queen for Denmark. Anyway, Friedrich gave up his rights to the Danish throne in favor of his sister Louise (mother of Empress Maria Feodorovna) and her husband/cousin, Christian IX.
This is very interesting fact...If someone knows more about this pair and their possible prospect,it would be great...Did the Imperial family know about this possibility prior to their marriage?
The Emperor, as the head of the Oldenburg-Holstein-Gottorp line, masterminded all these machinations.
Although he was the most popular heir in Denmark, there are two reasons why Friedrich-Wilhelm's candidature failed:
- With his wife's death he lost the backing of his father-in-law, the Emperor.
- He was the heir to the Kingdom of Denmark proper, but not to Schleswig-Holstein. If he acceeded, S-H would and could break away, against the stipulations of the Treaty of Tsarskoe Selo.
BTW his marriage with the Russian "tyrrant's" daughter made him unpopular in the leading national-liberal circles in Denmark.
The Emperor's next candidates were princes with succession rights in S-H: Grand Duke Peter II of Oldenburg (unpopular in Denmark because of his pro-German stance in the S-H question) and then Christian of Glücksborg.