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Christian X of Denmark
Christian X
Historical Figure
Nationality: Denmark
Date of Birth: 1870
Date of Death: 1947
Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Occupation: Monarch
Spouse: Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Children: Frederick IX of Denmark
Knud, Hereditary Prince of Denmark
House: Glücksburg
Turtledove Appearances:
The War That Came Early
POD: July 20, 1936;
Relevant POD: September 29, 1938
Appearance(s): West and East
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Christian X (Christian Carl Frederik Albert Alexander Vilhelm) (26 September 1870 – 20 April 1947) was King of Denmark from 1912 to 1947 and the only official King of Iceland (as Kristján X), between 1918 and 1944.

Christian had attempted to regain Schleswig from Germany in the 1920s. He did not act with the Danish parliament's full support, however, causing a political crisis that could very well have seen him removed from power. Christian acted to reach a compromise with his political opponents, and he retained his throne with many of his powers reduced.

However, Christian regained much of his popularity during the German occupation from 1940 to 1945. While he didn't resist directly, various little acts of enormous symbolic value made clear to his subjects that he was engaged in "mental resistance". These included his daily rides through Copenhagen on his horse, his routine greeting of Danish citizens while pointedly ignoring German salutes, and an infamous, curt, response to a birthday telegram from Adolf Hitler.

Christian X in The War That Came EarlyEdit

When Germany invaded Denmark in 1939, they wisely left Christian X on his throne and the government in place.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. West and East, pg. 321.
Regnal titles
(OTL)
Preceded by
Frederik VIII
King of Denmark
1912–1947
Succeeded by
Frederik IX
New title
Iceland in a personal
union with Denmark
King of Iceland
1918–1944
Succeeded by
Sveinn Björnsson
as President of Iceland
Regnal titles
(Fictional Work)
Preceded by
Frederik VIII
King of Denmark
(The War That Came Early)

1912–19??
Succeeded by
Incumbent at series' end, 1944
Preceded by
New title
King of Iceland
(The War That Came Early)

1918–19??
Succeeded by
Incumbent(?) at series' end, 1944

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