Louise was born on 19 October 1726 in Copenhagen and was the only surviving daughter of Christian VI of Denmark and Sophie Magdalene of Brandenburg-Kulmbach.
Louise was said to have been a vivacious child whose liveliness was stifled at the court of her parents who were very religious. Louise did not get on well with her parents due to the differences in their personalities and her father complained about his daughter’s rebelliousness frequently.
As the daughter of a king, Louise was an highly eligible bride and tentative negotiations were begun for a possible marriage to William, Duke of Cumberland, the younger son of George II of Great Britain, but it came to nothing. Afterwards, plans were made for Louise to marry one of the candidates for the empty Swedish throne but when Adolf Frederick of Holstein-Gottorp was elected king in 1743, Christian VI withdrew from the marriage negotiations as he did not want his daughter married to a Gottorpian prince.
In the end, Louise had to be married off hastily to Ernest Frederick III, Duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen, as she had conducted an affair with her valet de chambre which may have resulted in a pregnancy. The valet de chambre was imprisoned in Munkholm Fortress while the Duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen was given a large dowry for marrying Louise in the Hirschholm Palace, north of Copenhagen, on 1 October 1749.
Although Louise may not have inherited the piousness of her parents, she did enjoy their lavish lifestyle, hosting many expensive balls and lavish parties. Ernest, an intelligent and handsome man, was no better and the duchy soon had massive debts from which it would never fully recover.
Ernest and Louise had one daughter, Friederike Sophie Juliane Karoline, known as Juliane, who was born on 5 December 1755 but died a month later. Louise was left weakened by the birth and she died on 8 August 1756. Ernest went on to marry twice more and had four more children, three daughters and a son.
House (birth): House of Oldenburg
House (marriage): House of Saxe-Hildburghausen
Father: Christian VI of Denmark
Mother: Sophie Magdalene of Brandenburg-Kulmbach
Born: 19 Oct 1726
Died: 08 Aug 1756
Spouse: Ernest Frederick III, Duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen
Duchess of Saxe-Hildburghausen
01 Oct 1749 – 08 Aug 1756
Born: 05 Dec 1755
Died: 10 Jan 1756