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The Wedding of King Haakon VII and Queen Maud of Norway

On July 22, 1896, Prince Carl of Denmark (soon to be King Haakon VII of Norway) and Princess Maud of Wales were married at the Private Chapel of Buckingham Palace, London.
The bride and groom were first cousins. Prince Carl, the second son of then-Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark and Princess Louise of Sweden, was born at the Charlottenlund Palace on August 3, 1872 and was christened Christian Frederik Carl Georg Valdemar Axel. Maud, meanwhile, was the youngest daughter of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) and Princess Alexandra of Denmark. Both Frederick and Alexandra were children of King Christian IX of Denmark.
At a young age, Carl was not expected to become king someday because he was a second son. Instead, he built a career in the military, where he served as a naval officer at the Royal Danish Naval Academy in Copenhagen. Maud, meanwhile, was the liveliest of Edward and Alexandra's three daughters. She fell in love with Prince Francis of Teck, the youn…

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