Horse’s hoof with silver shoe
This horse’s hoof, set in silver, stems from the horse Malgré Tout, which carried Christian X across the border into Southern Jutland at the Reunification on 10 July 1920.
As there in consequence of the First World War had been held referendums in Schleswig about the drawing of a new border between Denmark and Germany, the Reunification with the northern part of Schleswig – what is now Southern Jutland – was celebrated for several days in July 1920. The high point came when Christian X rode over the border which had been drawn after the military defeat of 1864. For the occasion, a prophecy from the time following 1864, about a king in his prime who one day would ride across the border on a white horse when Southern Jutland was returned to Denmark, was staged. A white horse had been borrowed for the occasion, which was in fact white even though a myth later arose that it was simply whitewashed. When the horse died a few years later one of its hooves was set in silver and given to the King to commemorate the event.
Complete your visit to the Palace Square – step inside the palace and experience royal life of the past and the present. The museum goes back 150 years to Christian IX and Queen Louise, who were known as “Europe’s parents-in-law” because their six children all married into European royal houses. In Christian VIII’s Palace you can see royal interiors: as in a journey through time the rooms of the Royal Couple and their heirs stand intact. The rooms testify to the trends of the time and the personal taste of the members of the Royal Family, spanning Victorian style, military style, and chivalric inspiration. The permanent exhibition in the Garden Room relates, for example via the interactive model, the history of Amalienborg and the surrounding Frederiksstaden quarter. There is also a presentation of the monarchy in the 21st century and look into the daily life of the royalty and the many traditions. The Danish Royal Collection is Danish history form a royal perspective The organisation behind the palace is the Royal Danish Collection, which collects, researches, preserves, and disseminates. We want our visitors to explore living history when they encounter the palace. It is our ambition that our visitors should be moved by our material, through learning, wonderment, fascination and empathy. At the same time, we aim not to stand still in our dissemination of history – Rosenborg is an expression of its time, but the experience of Rosenborg moves with the times. We are constantly developing new material about the palace, and often focus on various themes, so that there is always a good reason for (re)visiting Rosenborg.