The classical wing Damebygningen, Sorgenfri Palace, 2014
Sorgenfri Palace in 1865
Originally a country seat, Sorgenfri Palace was built for the Danish nobleman Count Carl Ahlefeldt in 1705-06. The palace first became a royal residence in 1730 after coming into the possession of the Danish Royal Family.
Upon his ascension to the throne, Frederick gave the residence to his aunt Sophie Caroline, Dowager Princess of East Frisia. The Princess instructed de Thurah to demolish the palace in 1756 to make way for a new palace.
Sorgenfri was the preferred summer residence of King Christian X and his wife Queen Alexandrine. Both of Alexandrine's children Frederick and Knud, were born there. Both Knud and his wife Caroline-Mathilde lived at Sorgenfri Palace until their respective deaths in 1976 and 1995.