Christian was born on 26 September 1870 at his parents' country residence, the Charlottenlund Palace, located on the shores of the Øresund Strait 10 kilometers north of Copenhagen on the island of Zealand in Denmark, during the reign of his paternal grandfather, King Christian IX.
Christian IX, né le 8 avril 1818 à Schleswig et mort le 29 janvier 1906 à Copenhague, est roi de Danemark du 15 novembre 1863 au 29 janvier 1906.. Fils cadet du duc Frédéric-Guillaume de Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderbourg-Glücksbourg et de la princesse Louise-Caroline de Hesse-Cassel, il grandit dans le duché de Schleswig comme membre d’une branche cadette inférieure de la maison d ...
Christian's Protestant policies led Denmark toward the establishment of Lutheranism as the Danish National Church (Folkekirke). This occurred officially on 30 October 1536 when the reconstituted State Council adopted the Lutheran Ordinances designed by German theologian Johannes Bugenhagen (1485–1558), which outlined church organization, liturgy, and accepted religious practice.
The prince himself had gone to the King (his grandfather, Christian IX), and asked to undergo normal military training without any special regards to his royal background. On the 25th anniversary of his entry into the military, he held a celebration and this medal was given to all his old army comrades.