Copenhagen, Langelinie. Monuments to Princess Marie of Orléans and king Frederik IX
In a small public garden, located on the isthmus that separates the harbour Interchan from the moat of the fortress Kastellet, set monument to the Princess Marie of Orleans (map), the wife of the Danish Prince Voldemar. Princess Marie is known for social activities in the early 20th century.
Marie of Orleans (Princess Marie Amélie Françoise Hélène d'Orléans, 1865 - 1909) was the daughter of the Duke of Chartres and the Princess Francoise of Orleans. Mary was born and spent his childhood in England, where her parents were forced to flee in 1848 from the pursuit of Napoleon III, and come back to France only after his fall in 1871. In October 1885 Mary became the wife of Prince Voldemar, the younger son of king Christian IX of Denmark. The religion of the spouses was different and the Princess not changed him after marriage, resulting in four of their sons were Lutherans, like their father, and the daughter converted to Catholicism.
The couple settled in the castle Bernstorff and Maria was actively participated in public life. The Princess was a very witty, independent nature and did not hesitate to publicly Express and defend their opinions. The Princess has gained popularity among the people after he became a patron of the Copenhagen fire Department. The Princess, despite the high social position talked on equal terms with people in the arts, she loved to draw and photograph, participated in art exhibitions and was a member of the Danish Academy of fine arts. In politics Maria held leftist views, she are actively promoting the idea of parliamentarism and contributed to the democratic reforms of 1901.
Very close you can see the monument of Frederick VII (map) he was the last dynastic king of Denmark from 1947. Having no sons, in 1953 announced the successor to the eldest daughter, Margrethe II. Frederick changed the law of succession, depriving this right of his younger brother, Prince Knud, which was extremely unpopular among the people.