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Today I get to unite my love of cinema and royalty. A Royal Affair is a 2012 Danish production set in the 18th century at the court of King Christian VII of Denmark and the  romance between the queen, Caroline Matilda of Great Britain, and the royal physician  Johann Friedrich Struensee. The movie was directed by directed by Nikolaj Arcel and stars Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander and Mikkel Følsgaard.

HRH Princess Caroline Matilda of Great Britain, Queen of Denmark, (1751-1775) was the daughter of Frederick, Prince of Wales and Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha and the sister of King George III of Great Britain. She married her first cousin, King Christian VII of Denmark at the tender age of 15. The marriage was difficult and unhappy. The King did not get along with his wife and there were rumors that he was a homosexual and he also suffered from a mental illness. 

As the king’s mental health deteriorated Struensee was the virtual ruler of Denmark in the name of the king and by 1770 Caroline and Struensee had become lovers. In 1771 Caroline gave birth to a daughter, Princess Louise Auguste of Denmark (1771-1843), and although officially recognized as the daughter of the king, it was widely known she was the daughter of Caroline and Struensee. After a masked ball in 1772 both Caroline and Struensee were arrested for their affair. The king and queen were divorced in April of 1772. Caroline was imprisoned and Struensee, and his accomplice, Enevold Brandt, were executed on April 28, 1772. King George III was able to obtain his sister’s release from prison and she was sent to Celle Castle in her brother’s German Electorate of Hanover. She never saw her children and died three years later from scarlet fever at the age of only 23. A sad tragic life.

I do not know when or if A Royal Affair will be released in the US but even if it is not I will have to get an all region DVD player to watch this!

Caroline Matilda of Great Britain, Queen of Denmark

Christian VII of Denmark

Johann Friedrich Struensee

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