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Coronation of the Danish monarch

The coronation of the Danish monarch was a Hillerød.

Enthronements of the Danish monarch may be historically divided into three distinct types of rituals: the medieval coronation, which existed during the period of elective monarchy; the anointing ritual, which replaced coronation with the introduction of absolute monarchy in 1660; and finally the simple proclamation, which has been used since the introduction of the constitutional monarchy in 1849.

Contents

  • Coronations of the elective monarchy 1
  • Anointings of the absolute monarchy 2
  • Proclamations of the constitutional monarchy 3
  • Historical list of coronations 4
    • Coronations 4.1
    • Anointings (1660-1849) 4.2
  • See also 5
  • Notes 6
  • References 7

Coronations of the elective monarchy

Coronation of King Frederick II in St. Mary's Cathedral in Copenhagen in 1559.

Historically an elective monarchy, the Danish kings had been elected and acclaimed at the Thing assemblies; this continued even after the tradition of coronations began. Ultimately, the acclamation rite only ceased with the introduction of hereditary monarchy in 1660, the 1657 acclamation of crown prince Christian (the later Christian V of Denmark) being the last occasion. The first coronation in Scandinavia took place in Bergen in Norway in 1163 or 1164. The first coronation in Denmark was that of Canute VI in St. Bendt's Church in Ringsted in 1170.

The medieval monarchs used various locations for their coronations, with Kalmar and Ribe. After the accession of the House of Oldenburg to the Danish throne in 1448, the coronations were held in St. Mary's Cathedral in Copenhagen, and usually performed by the Bishop of Zealand.

The coronation ritual (as of 1537) began with a procession of the ruler and his consort into St. Mary's cathedral in Copenhagen, followed by the Danish crown jewels. The monarch was seated before the altar, where he swore to govern justly, preserve the Lutheran religion, support schools, and help the poor. Following this, the king was anointed on the lower right arm and between the shoulders, but not on the head. Then the royal couple retired to a tented enclosure where they were robed in royal attire, returning to hear a sermon, the Kyrie and Gloria, and then a prayer and the Epistle reading.

Following the Epistle, the king knelt before the altar, where he was first given a sword. After flourishing and sheathing it, the still-kneeling monarch was crowned by the clergy and nobility, who jointly placed the diadem upon their ruler's head. The sceptre and orb were presented, then returned to attendants. The queen was anointed and crowned in a similar manner, but she received only a sceptre and not an orb. Finally, a choral hymn was sung, following which the newly crowned royals listened to a second sermon and the reading of the Gospel, which brought the service to an end.[1]

Anointings of the absolute monarchy

Anointing of Frederiksborg Palace in 1671.

With the introduction of absolute monarchy in 1660, the full coronation ritual was replaced with a ceremony of anointing, where the new king would arrive at the coronation site already wearing the crown, where he was then anointed.

The anointings were held in the chapel of Copenhagen.

Proclamations of the constitutional monarchy

This rite was in turn abolished with the introduction of the Jens Otto Krag, then cheered with a ninefold "hurrah" by the crowds below.

Historical list of coronations

Coronations

Date Site Picture Name Reign Other regnal titles
1 January 1443 Ribe Cathedral Christopher III
with Dorothea of Brandenburg
9 April 1440 - 5 January 1448 King of Norway
King of Sweden
28 October 1449 St. Mary's Cathedral, Copenhagen Christian I
with Dorothea of Brandenburg
1 September 1448 - 21 May 1481 King of Norway
King of Sweden
18 May 1483 St. Mary's Cathedral, Copenhagen John
with Christina of Saxony
21 May 1481 - 20 February 1513 King of Norway
King of Sweden
11 June 1514 St. Mary's Cathedral, Copenhagen Christian II
with Isabella of Austria
20 February 1513 - 13 April 1523 King of Norway
King of Sweden
7 August 1524 St. Mary's Cathedral, Copenhagen Frederick I
with Sophie of Pomerania
13 April 1523 - 10 April 1533 King of Norway
12 August 1537 St. Mary's Cathedral, Copenhagen Christian III
with Dorothea of Saxe-Lauenburg
4 July 1534 - 1 January 1559 King of Norway
20 August 1559 St. Mary's Cathedral, Copenhagen Frederick II
with Sophie of Mecklenburg-Güstrow
1 January 1559 - 4 April 1588 King of Norway
29 August 1596 St. Mary's Cathedral, Copenhagen Christian IV
with Anne Catherine of Brandenburg
4 April 1588 - 28 February 1648 King of Norway
23 November 1648 St. Mary's Cathedral, Copenhagen Frederick III
with Sophie Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg
28 February 1648 - 9 February 1670 King of Norway

Anointings (1660-1849)

Date Site Picture Name Reign Other regnal titles
7 June 1671 Frederiksborg Palace Chapel Christian V 9 February 1670 - 25 August 1699 King of Norway
15 April 1700 Frederiksborg Palace Chapel Frederick IV 25 August 1699 - 12 October 1730 King of Norway
6 June 1731 Frederiksborg Palace Chapel Christian VI 12 October 1730 - 6 August 1746 King of Norway
4 September 1747 Frederiksborg Palace Chapel Frederick V
with Louise of Great Britain
6 August 1746 - 14 January 1766 King of Norway
1 May 1767 Christiansborg Palace Chapel Christian VII
with Caroline Matilda of Great Britain
14 January 1766 - 13 March 1808 King of Norway
31 July 1815 Frederiksborg Palace Chapel Frederick VI
with Marie of Hesse-Kassel
13 March 1808 - 3 December 1839 King of Norway
28 June 1840 Frederiksborg Palace Chapel Christian VIII
with Caroline Amalie of Augustenburg
3 December 1839 - 20 January 1848 King of Norway

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Hoffmann (1990)

References

  • Hoffman, Erich (1990). "Coronation and Coronation Ordines in Medieval Scandinavia". In Bak, János M. Coronations: Medieval and Early Modern Monarchic Ritual. Berkeley: University of California Press. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  • Monrad Møller, Anders (2012). Enevældens kroninger. Syv salvinger - ceremoniellet, teksterne og musikken (in Danish).  
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