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From 1784 until Christian VII's death in 1808, Christian's son, later Frederick VI, acted as unofficial regent.Christian was the son of King Frederick V and his first wife Louise of Great Britain.He was born in the Queen's Bedchamber at Christiansborg Palace, the Royal residence in Copenhagen. His godparents were King Frederick V (his father), Queen Dowager Sophie Magdalene (his paternal grandmother), Princess Louise (his aunt) and Princess Charlotte Amalie (his grand-aunt).A former heir to the throne, also named Christian, had died in infancy in 1747; therefore, hopes were high for the future of the new heir presumptive.In 1767, he entered into a relationship with the courtesan Støvlet-Cathrine.He publicly declared that he could not love Caroline Matilda, because it was "unfashionable to love one's wife".Christian's marriage with Caroline Matilda produced two children: the future King Frederick VI and Princess Louise Auguste.
His half-brother Frederick was designated as regent of Denmark in 1772.
In the late 1760s, he came under the influence of his personal physician Johann Friedrich Struensee, who rose steadily in power.
From 1770 to 1772, Struensee was de facto regent of the country, and introduced progressive reforms signed into law by Christian VII.
Struensee was a protégé of an Enlightenment circle of aristocrats that had been rejected by the court in Copenhagen.
He was a skilled doctor, and having somewhat restored the king's health while visiting the Schleswig-Holstein area, he gained the king's affection.