When Ulfeldt was again being sought for treason by the Danes, Leonora Christina went to England to solicit repayment from King Charles II of money her husband had loaned him during his exile. The King repaid his debt by welcoming the Countess (his cousin) to his table, then having her arrested as she boarded a ship to leave England, whereupon he turned her over to Denmark in 1663.
Queen Sophie Amalie was from the start of her husband's reign famously involved in the power struggle between the crown and the high nobility, symbolized by the so-called Svogerpartiet ('Son's-in-law Party'), composed by six noblemen married to daughters of her father-in-law from his second morganatic marriage with Kirsten Munk, among which Corfitz Ulfeldt, married to Leonora Christina Ulfeldt ...
Endelig fikk han tolv barn med Kirsten Munk, som han var gift med til venstre hånd, bl.a. Leonora Christina, som allerede i en alder av 15 år ble gift med Corfitz Ulfeldt. Kongen og Kirstens mangeårige, stormfulle forhold endte med at han beskyldte henne for utroskap og for å forsøke å forgifte ham, og han lot seg skille fra henne.
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