The two Royal Couples who resided in the palace (Christian VIII and Queen Caroline Amalie, and Christian X Queen Alexandrine respectively) greeted the populace from this balcony in Christian VIII’s Palace many times.
On the Royal Family’s anniversaries, such as birthdays, it’s a tradition for the monarch and family to be celebrated from the balcony. Christian X attracted, for example, an exceptionally large crowd on his 70th birthday on the 26th December 1940, when many Danes, under the influence of the German Occupation, wished to hail the King, and a correspondingly large crowd was present on his 75th birthday a few months after the Liberation.
The tradition is still kept alive, and Queen Margrethe is usually present at Amalienborg on her birthday, the 16th April. Her Majesty and the Prince Consort reside the palace opposite, Christian IX’s Palace, and therefore wave from the opposite balcony.
Model of Amalienborg
Amalienborg is unique in many ways. The four palaces were originally built as homes for high-standing noble families, and not intended for the royalty at all. Nevertheless, the complex came to function optimally as a residence for the Royal Family, who moved in after the fire at Christiansborg Palace in 1794. That Amalienborg came to serve this purpose was first and foremost due to it being an unusually successful work of architecture, but the harmonious proportions and elegant rococo decoration are only one side of the story. Another lies in the very practical fact that the various generations of the Royal Family have been able to share the palaces among themselves, which in the international context is something quite unique for Amalienborg. In honour of this fantastic edifice, we have had made a large interactive model of Amalienborg, which can be seen in the Garden Room in Christian VIII’s Palace. The model, which was unveiled in 2013, is made of Corian. The palaces are reproduced to a high degree of detail, which takes into account the particular characteristics of of each of the four buildings, and the model is oriented in parallel to the palace complex itself. The equestrian statue of Frederik V is reproduced in particular detail on the basis of a 3D scan of the smaller bronze version of the sculpture, which is found in Christian VII’s Palace. Around the model there are iPads, on which one can explore the palace complex and read more about the palaces and the royal personages who have lived in them. The history of each palace is outlined along with its current use, with a large amount of accompanying visual material. The model is supplemented all the way around by a number of stories about Amalienborg, for example about the large columned structure, ‘The Colonnade’, which was built as a sort of bridge between Christian IX’s Palace and Christian VII’s Palace, and about the digging of the tunnel under Frederiksgade street, which was intended to make it possible for the Royal Family to flee from the occupying forces during World War II. The contemporary Danish Royal Family is presented at the other end of the Garden Room, where one can learn about their various royal duties. One can gain an overview of HM Queen Margrethe’s many state visits, and log on to the Royal Family’s calendar, as well as watch a film about the daily life of the Royal Family.