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Frederik VII married 3rd (morganatically) Lovisa Christina Danner.
Who were/are some kings in recent centuries who married after coming to thrones?
UK: Victoria married three years after becoming queen regnant; before her, George III married a year after becoming king.
Norway: None since full independence in 1905
Sweden: the present sovereign; before King Carl XVI Gustaf, however, I'm not sure about the last case
Denmark: the last time would have been before King Christian IX came to the throne; I'm not sure which one
Belgium: King Baudouin married 9 years after coming to the throne. Before him, his own father, the widowed King Leopold III, married his second wife, Lilian Baels, morganatically. And the widowed Leopold I married his second wife 2 years after becoming the first king of the Belgians
The Netherlands: Wilhelmina married Duke Heinrich of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 11 years after becoming queen regnant, and 3 years after becoming enthroned. Before her, her own father, the widowed King Willem III married as his second wife her mother, Princess Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Spain: Alfonso XIII was king from birth, so he would count; before him, his own father, King Alfonso XII, also married after coming to the throne. And before him, his mother, Isabel II, married after becoming queen regnant.
Russia: Czar Nicholas II married a few weeks after coming to the throne; before him, his grandfather, Czar Alexander II, married his second wife morganatically toward the end of hsi reign.
Greece: Kings George I and Constantine II both married after becoming enthroned. King Alexander might count, although he was enthroned as a result of action by the Allies during WWI, and his marriage was morganatic
Portugal: Maria II married after becoming queen regnant (like her Spanish counterpart, Isabel II, she was only a minor at the time of accession). I believe some of her sons and grandsons also married after becoming kings.
France: obviously the boys kings (e.g. Louis XIV and Louis XV) married well after accession.
Austria: Emperor Franz Joseph married 6 years after accession
Yugoslavia: King Alexander I Karageorgevich married after accession; so did his son and successor, King Peter II (although in exile)
Romania: King Michael might count, although his marriage took place after his forced abdication
Can anybody fill me in on additional examples? I'm less certain about the kingdom of the Two Sicilies and the German kingdoms. Bavaria might have witnessed the marriage of an already enthroned king, had not Ludwig II broken off his engagement to Duchess Sophie ...