Anne of Denmark Biography
(Queen Consort of England and Ireland (1603 - 1619))
Birthday: December 12, 1574 (Sagittarius)
Born In: Skanderborg, Denmark
Anne of Denmark was the queen consort of King James VI and I of Scotland and England. Born to Frederick II, the King of Denmark and Norway, she left her native soil after her proxy marriage at the age of fifteen. Three months later, she formally married the king and settled down in Scotland. Traditionally dismissed as a frivolous and self-indulgent queen, she is believed to have shown little interest outside of rich clothes, court balls, and masques, thus alienating her husband. However, many historians today refute such allegations. Instead, they praise her for her assertive independence, her patronage of art and culture, and also for her generosity and compassion. Although she had her differences with the king, who tried to keep their first born, Prince Henry, away from her influence, she was always a faithful wife who had a cordial relationship with her husband. At her death at the age of forty-four, the king wrote heart-touching poetry in her honor.