Christian X of Denmark
at Charlottenlund palace[?]
- April 20
) was King
1912-1947 (and of Iceland
1912-1943), a period including two World Wars. In contrast to the monarchs of Norway
and the Netherlands
, who went in exile during the Nazi occupation of their countries, Christian X remained in his capital, being to the Danish people a visible symbol of the national cause. In spite of his advanced age and of the precarious situation, he took a daily ride on horseback through his city -- not accompanied by a groom, let alone by a guard.
His queen was Duchess Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.
A popular urban legend that states that King Christian X wore a yellow Star of David armband in defiance of the occupying German authorities who had ordered the Jews of Denmark to wear them, is entirely false (http://www.snopes.com/history/govern/denmark.htm).
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