The head of Europe's oldest Royal household, King Frederik IX of Denmark, is the lineal descendant of King Gorm the Old, who died about 950 AD....
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Background: The head of Europe's oldest Royal household, King Frederik IX of Denmark, is the lineal descendant of King Gorm the Old, who died about 950 AD....the first Danish King historians are prepared to guarantee existed. Born on March 11th 1899, while his great-grandfather King Christian IX was still famous as the "father-in-law of Europe", King Frederik attended as a child the frequent gatherings of European royalty at Fredensborg Palace.
With the unexpected death of his grandfather (Frederik VIII) in 1912, a young Prince Frederik became Crown Prince of Denmark. On completing his education he joined the Navy, serving initially as a junior officer....it was the realisation of a boyhood dream, and he was later to become known as "The Seaman King". His engagement to Princess Ingrid of Sweden was announced in 1935 and they were married in Stockholm in May of that year. The Royal couple had three daughters, the oldest of which, Princess Margarethe, is Heir to the Throne. King Frederik has always had a great interest in many sports, particularly tennis, and his former ability as a musician and conductor was widely recognised.
Although permitted to enter Parliament formally only by invitation, King Frederik has shown himself a keen observer of political life. He has entertained many world leaders in Denmark, among them Britain's Sir Winston Churchill in 1950 who received an honorary university degree in Copenhagen. Both King Frederik and Queen Ingrid have enjoyed travel. A tour of East Africa in 1970 was followed last year by a trip to Persepolis and Iran's massive anniversary celebrations. However, following a heart attack a fortnight ago, King Frederik's health has been of grave concern to his family, physicians and subjects. Latest medical bulletins from Copenhagen City Hospital say the King is sinming into a coma and is very critically ill.