History: Home to kings, queens and vikings
Home to Vikings and one of the world’s oldest monarchies Copenhagen has seen grandeur and decay. Its streets have inspired the likes of HC Andersen an...
In 2022, Denmark’s monarch, Queen Margrethe II, will mark her Golden Jubilee and celebrate her 50-year reign as head of state of Denmark, the Faroe Islands, and Greenland.
Over the past half-century, the Queen has represented the nation at home and abroad under the motto ‘God’s help, the love of the people, and the strength of Denmark’ – and in 2022, Denmark will be celebrating their cherished Queen with events across the country, including in Copenhagen. Here's more on when, where, and what to look out for in connection with the 50 years anniversary.
Denmark’s Royal Family is one of the oldest monarchies in the world, and its seat is Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen. As a visitor to the city, you can experience life as lived by the current Danish Royal Family, as well as their ancestors, as you walk down cobblestone streets and around gilded palaces, as well as in glorious deer parks and in Copenhagen shops.
In 2022, the Royal Family will stand in an even larger spotlight than usual as Queen Margrethe celebrates 50 years on the throne with Golden Jubilee celebrations and events throughout the year.
But no matter when you visit Copenhagen, there are multiple ways to experience the royal city and participate in experiences fit for a queen. Discover castle ruins buried beneath the city going back hundreds of years, and court purveyors offering the perfect souvenir for you to take home. See a throne, once believed to be made of unicorn horns and go behind the scenes at a real royal palace. March beside the Royal Guard down the city streets accompanied by a piped band, and sip tea in a royal court-approved tea shop. Whatever you’re interested in seeing in Copenhagen, there’s almost certainly a royal connection.
Denmark has been a kingdom since Viking times and has one of the oldest monarchies in the world. The current unified kingdom was founded by the Viking kings Gorm the Old and Harald Bluetooth - who gave his name to our modern-day Bluetooth devices - back in the 10th century. Read more about the Monarchy here.
In 2022, Queen Margrethe II will mark her Golden Jubilee. It celebrates her 50-year reign as head of state of Denmark, the Faroe Islands, and Greenland.
Over the past half-century, the Queen has represented Denmark at home and abroad and is a much-loved figure in the country. Her motto ‘God’s help, the love of the people and the strength of Denmark’, reflects her approach to her role.
Throughout 2022, Denmark will be celebrating its monarch with events around the country, including in Copenhagen.
Events from the Royal House's calendar to celebrate the Golden Jubilee:
Historically, the island of Slotsholmen, where Christiansborg Palace lies, was the centre for the Danish monarchy and the seat of power in Denmark. Successive rulers and kings occupied this site from the 1100s, but when a fire destroyed the palace in 1794, the Royal Family moved to Amalienborg, where they live today. Around Slotsholmen today, you’ll find plenty of reminders of the former residents, including the Royal Library and Christiansborg Palace itself. Learn more about royal sights in Copenhagen here.
When you’re at Amalienborg, check which flag is flying. The Royal Standard means the Royal Family are in residence; the Swallow-Tailed Flag means none of the members of the Royal Family are in residence.
Curious about who lives in which palace on Amalienborg Square? The Queen uses Christian IX’s palace as her winter residence (as you face the water, it is on your right). Prince Frederik and his family use Frederik VIII’s palace (facing the water, it is on your left), and Prince Joachim and his family use Christian VIII’s palace (facing the Marble Church, it is on your right). The other palace is used for guests.
The coronation chair of the Danish kings, used from 1671-1840 and now on display in Rosenborg Castle, was said to be made from unicorn horns. In reality, it is made from narwhal tusks from the Faroe Islands and Iceland.
Since 1450, Danish kings have alternately been called Frederik or Christian. Queen Margrethe has taken the place of a Christian and her heir apparent is Crown Prince Frederik.
Crown Prince Frederik is a keen sportsman and was a member of The International Olympic Committee from 2009 to 2021. He met his wife, the Australian-born Crown Princess Mary, at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
For a truly royal experience, visit the following food and design businesses during a trip to Copenhagen, all suppliers to the Royal Danish Court. It’s no mean feat to be on this list - to become a Purveyor to Her Majesty, businesses must show an established record of being a supplier to the Court for many years. Today there are 100 Danish and 6 foreign holders of the Royal Warrant. Read about these here.
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