Copenhagen is a royal city, and home of the world's oldest monarchy. Around the city you will find many royal statues, monuments and events. Here is some royal highlights.
Every day you can witness the changing of the Guard at 12:00 noon. The Guard starts by leaving its barracks at Rosenborg Castle at 11:30 and marches through the city to Amalienborg Palace.
Each year on special occasions the Caritas Fountain on Gammel Torv plays with golden apples. The Fountain was erected in the 17th century by King Christian IV, and is said to be the oldest fountain in Copenhagen.
This honourable establishment provides tea to the Royal Household.
Considered one of the greatest works of Danish Rococco architecture the Queen's residence is, made up of four identical buildings spread around the octagonal courtyard. Get a glimpse into the Royal abode or watch the daily shift-change of the Royal Guard.
Christiansborg Palace on Slotsholmen in Copenhagen was the royal court's main residence from the 1400s until 1794, when the royal family moved to Amalienborg Palace.King Christian 7 was born in Christiansborg Palace 29 January 1749. In 1766 he married Queen Caroline Mathilde in the Palace Chapel, and it was in the Court Theatre, her lover Struensee was arrested 17 January 1772.
Visit the Copenhagen Cathedral, a setting of many important functions and events such as the funeral of Søren Kierkegaard in 1855 and the wedding of the Crown Prince Couple in 2004.In 1807, the cathedral was hit by a incendiary rocket during the British bombardment led by Admiral James Gambier and General Lord Cathcart. The bombardment resulted in the cathedral's burning down.
One of the greatest Baroque works in Denmark, this palace was not built for residence, but used when the royals went hunting.Set in Dyrehaven, the palace is closed to the public, but it is worth taking a stroll in the beautiful forest and admiring the exterior of the building.
The Queen and Prince Consort live at the Fredensborg Palace for extended periods of time. And in 2004, the Crown Prince couple took permanent residence in the Chancellery House. However now they live at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen.The beautiful Baroque-style palace is often the setting for important events in the lives of the Royal Family, such as weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays, and the Queen also receives Heads of State from all over the world at Fredensborg.
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Kronborg Castle gets its 426 years old "bordhimmel" (literally sky over the table) home from Sweden in a four-year period.The beautiful piece was made for the king not to get dirt from above into his food.
Frederiksberg Palace lies on top of Valby Hill overlooking the beautiful Frederiksberg Garden in the Copenhagen district of Frederiksberg.The insane King Christian 7, his wife Queen Caroline Mathilde and her secret lover Johan Friedrich Struensee lived in the palace at the end of the 1700s. In the palace basement you will find Caroline Mathilde's famous marble bathroom.
Frederiksborg Palace is situated on three islets in the castle lake in Hillerød, north of Copenhagen. The palace, which is surrounded by the beautiful Frederiksborg Palace Garden, was built in the Dutch Renaissance style at the beginning of the 1600s by King Christian 4.At the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Palace you will find portraits of both Johan Friedrich Struensee and Queen Caroline Mathilde made by the artist Jens Juel.
Visit Georg Jensen's flagship store located on Amagertorv, to find world renown Danish jewellry and flatware. Georg Jensen is purveyor to the royal Danish court.Here you can find fabulous design jewellry such as signature rings, necklaces and brooches, alongside silver flatware.
If you want to know more about the stunning Renaissance Castle Kronborg in Elsinore, north of Copenhagen, then join a guided tour of the Casemates below the old fortress.With an entrance ticket to Kronborg Castle, the guided tours are at no extyra charge, but groups of up till 35 people can also pay for a specialised tour to some of the hidden gems of the castle. Those tours need to be booked in advance.
In the heart of Hørsholm Palace Garden you will find Hørsholm Church, where Hirschholm Palace once stood. Here in this remote place one of Denmark's largest royal scandals played out - the love affair between Queen Caroline Mathilde and her physician Johan Friedrich Struensee.In 1771 the pair spent the summer in the palace, where Caroline Mathilde gave birth to a girl, Princess Louise Augusta, whom her husband King Christian 7 acknowledged as his daughter, but all knew she was in fact Struensee's.
Hørsholm Museum tells the story of one of Europe's most beautiful baroque palaces, Hirschholm Palace, where the love affair between Queen Caroline Mathilde and her physician Johan Friedrich Struensee played out.The museum exhibits models, plans and paintings as well as individual objects from the palace. There are also portraits of some of the people whose fate is linked to the castle. Hørsholm Museum also has quite a large Struensee collection of written critism against him and press coverage from around 1770.
Hørsholm Palace Garden is called so because it used to encircle the now demolished Hirschholm Palace, north of Copenhagen.Hirschholm Palace was an impressive Baroque building, where the love scandal between the insane King Christian 7's wife Queen Caroline Mathilde and her lover physician Johan Friedrich Struensee played out. Take a walk in Caroline Mathilde and Struensee's footsteps, sit on a bench and feel the history.
Illums Bolighus is purveyor to the royal Danish court and located on Strøget. It is the premier centre in Scandinavia for Danish and international design.Furniture, lamps, kitchen and bathroom articles, ceramics, porcelain, silver, and glassware.
Kronborg Castle in Elsinore, north of Copenhagen, is one of northern Europe's finest Renaissance castles. It is located at the entrance to Oresound and was built in 1574-1585.Kronborg Castle is probably the most famous Danish castle, known worldwide from Shakespeare's Hamlet. It was also here that Queen Caroline Mathilde in 1772 was under house arrest following her affair with Johan Friedrich Struensee.
P. Hertz is Denmark's most traditional jewelry company and they make exclusive jewelry. Among others, the Danish Crown Prince Frederik and his wife Princess Mary had their wedding rings made here.
Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen is home to some of Denmark's greatest cultural treasures. The castle was built in 1606-1634 by Christian IV as a pleasure castle. In the basement you will find the Danish crown jewels and regalia.At Rosenborg Castle you can also see a portrait of Johan Friedrich Struensee, painted by Hans Hansen in 1824, and a portrait of Queen Caroline Mathilde painted in 1771 by Jens Juel.
The magnificent red-brick cathedral with its impressive tall spires is considered one of Denmark’s most important architectural monuments, and it is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.In the early 1400s, the cathedral was designated royal burial place, and since the Reformation, all Danish kings have found their final resting place here. The insane King Christian 7 and his son Frederik 6 are both buried here.
Royal Copenhagen was originally named The Royal Porcelain Factory and was founded in 1775. In all the years they have produced products with deep respect for the history and traditions of the craftsmanship, but never without renewal.Royal Copenhagen is purveyor to the royal Danish court and was eagerly supported by Dowager Queen Juliane Marie, stepmother to the insane King Christian 7, by its establishment in 1775. We can thank Christian 7 himself for Royal Copenhagen's most famous dinnerware ever: Flora Danica.
Life Guards to the Royal Family.
Royal Smushi Cafe in the heart of Copenhagen combines Danish food and Danish design in a feminine, yet, humorous atmosphere. On the menu, you will find smushi, a Danish open faced sandwich prepared in sushi size.
Beneath the Christiansborg Palace lie the ruins of an even older building - the Palace's oldest predecessors, Bishop Absalon's Castle of 1167 and Copenhagen Castle that replaced it.Christiansborg is outstanding in the respect that here you will find, under the same roof, Denmark's political centre of today and the remains of the country's principal castle of the Middle Ages.
In the heart of Copenhagen you'll find Sømod's Candies, which is the only place that still produces candies using the same method they used 100 years ago. Since then Sømod's Candies has been appointed royal purveyor.
In 1994 the museum was installed in Christian VIII's palace, part of Amalienborg palace. It is an extension of the Royal Collections at Rosenborg palace. Visitors can view artefacts from the Kings of the House of Glücksburg, in the period of 1863-1972. The museum also occasionally lays house to temporary exhibits related to the Royals.
This impressive church is lined with Amalienborg Castle and the Opera House. Don't forget to check out the view from the beautiful dome.
The Queen's Tapestries at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen are a gift from the Danish business industry to Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II on her 50th birthday in 1990.The 11 tapestries are from Le Mobilier National et les Manufactures Nationales de Gobelins et de Beauvais in Paris - commonly referred to as les Gobelins.
Her Majesty's Stables and Carriages.
The Theatre Museum is situated in the Old Court Theatre. Its collection describes Danish theatre history from the 1700s to the present day.17 January 1772 the theatre was also center stage for a dramatic event. It was after a masquerade ball at the court theatre that Queen Caroline Mathilde and her lover Johan Friedrich Struensee were arrested and charged with lèse-majesté.
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