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The Monarchy

The Monarchy

The Danish Monarchy has existed for over 1000 years and is among the oldest in the world.

The Danish Monarchy can be traced back to Gorm the Old (d. 958). The monarchy was originally elective, but in practice the choice was normally limited to the eldest son of the reigning monarch

The democratic constitution of 5 June 1849 changed the monarchy's status from absolute to constitutional. The Act of Succession of 27 March 1953 allowed for the possibility of female monarch; that is what enabled HM The Queen to accede to the throne in 1972. Today Denmark has a constitutional monarchy, which means that the monarch cannot independently perform political acts.

Her Majesty's 40 years reign jubilee was celebrated in January 2012.

Amalienborg Palace

Amalienborg Palace

Amalienborg Palace is the winter home of the Royal Danish family and is located in Copenhagen. It consists of four identical classifying palace facades with rococo interiors around an octagonal courtyard, Amalienborg Slotsplads; in the centre of the square is a monumental equestrian statue of Amalienborg's founder, King Frederick V.

History

Amalienborg was originally built for four noble families; however, when Christiansborg Palace burnt down on 26 February 1794, the royal family bought the palaces and moved in. Over the years various kings and their families have resided in the four different palaces.

Celebration

On April 16 when Her Majesty the Queen celebrates her birthday she will step out to the balcony together with the rest of the Royal family to be hailed by thousands of Danes.

If members of the Royal Family is home you will see the Danish flag hoisted on top of the Palace. The Royal guard will be excorted by music when the Queen is home when the Royal Guard chnges at noon.

Rosenborg Palace

Rosenborg Palace

Rosenborg Palace was built in the period 1606-34 as Christian IV’s summerhouse "in the country" just outside the ramparts of Copenhagen.

Christian IV was very fond of the palace and often stayed at the castle when he resided in Copenhagen, and it was here that he died in 1648. After his death, the palace passed on to his son King Frederik III, who together with his queen, Sophie Amalie, carried out several types of modernisation.

The last king who used the place as a residence was Frederik IV, and around 1720, Rosenborg was abandoned in favor of Frederiksborg Palace.

Today Rosenborg Palace is the home of the Royal Danish Collections for instance the Royal Crown jewels. A walk round the museum would thus be a journey through the history of Denmark from Christian IV to the present day.

First Hotel Twentyseven and First Hotel Kong Frederik is located in walking distance from Rosenborg Palace.

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Frederiksborg Castle

Frederiksborg Castle

Frederiksborg Castle is situated in Hillerød, north of Copenhagen.

This impressive and unrivalled Renaissance castle was built in the first centuries of the 17th century by the legendary Danish King Christian IV and incorporates the best of Renaissance architecture and craftmanship. Frederiksborg Castle is a unique place for superb cultural experiences, scenic walks and boat tours.

Frederiksborg Castle has housed The Museum of National History since 1878. A tour through the museum's many beautiful rooms is an encounter with kings, queens, nobles, the bourgeois, events, and epochs, which have all shaped the country's history and development from the Middle Ages to the 21st century.

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