Queen Ingrid




Special Exhibition
2 Oct 2010 – 25 April 2011
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Queen Ingrid’s birth the Danish Royal Collections are mounting a special exhibition in the Amalienborg Museum.

With displays of artefacts, photographs and film clips the exhibition will illustrate Her Majesty Queen Ingrid’s life, her interests and her achievements, first as a Swedish Princess, then as Crown Princess of Denmark and later as Queen of Denmark.

Together with Frederik IX, Queen Ingrid came to have great importance for the modernisation of the Danish Royal House; she was looked up to as a role model for modern women, and in addition Queen Ingrid was chic – elegant in a refined and modern way, with clothes suited to each occasion and to the seasons, with a delicate sense for changing fashions but without being totally avant garde, while still having an “edge” that was perfectly stylish and just ahead of the rest.

The exhibition covers the period from Princess Ingrid’s birth in 1910 until today, because now, 10 years after Queen Ingrid’s death, her significance and influence is still felt, not just in private memories about the Royal Family’s much loved mother and grandmother, but also to a great extent in public awareness, because of, for instance, the scholarships and grants from foundations that are awarded in Queen Ingrid’s name to give active support to a number of charitable, humanitarian, cultural and social causes.








Five-year-old Swedish Princess Ingrid photographed in the grounds at Sofiero in 1915. Among Queen Ingrid’s happy childhood memories were summers spent at Sofiero Palace in southern Sweden. Together with her parents and brothers the Princess enjoyed the gardens there. A playhouse in the grounds was equipped with miniature household items, so that real food could be made and served to guests. The Princess brought the contents of the playhouse with her to Denmark, and they are still used by the children of the Royal Household when they spend their summer holidays at Gråsten Castle. A selection of the objects belonging to H.M.Queen Margrethe II is displayed in the Amalienborg Museum’s exhibition about Queen Ingrid.
Photo: Amalienborgmuseet








The young Princess Ingrid in Swedish court dress on the first occasion that the Princess attended the opening of the Swedish Parliament. Photo published as a postcard in Sweden, 1928.
Photo: Jaeger/Amalienborgmuseet








Crown Princess Ingrid’s bridal bouquet from her wedding on 24 May 1935, reconstructed in 2010 by Bjarne Als, Bering House of Flowers, for the Amalienborg Museum’s exhibition about Queen Ingrid.
The engagement between Sweden’s Princess Ingrid and Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik (IX) was announced in March 1935, and two months later the wedding took place in Stockholm. The bridal bouquet was created the day before in Copenhagen and was taken to Stockholm on the night train.
Photo: Amalienborgmuseet







Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Ingrid with their first-born in the cradle in the summer of 1940. This photograph of the proud parents with the infant Princess Margrethe, the present Queen of Denmark, was taken in connection with the christening. The picture was used, among other things, as the motif for the couple’s Christmas card in 1940, and it became known to the public through press photos.
Photo: Kehlet/Amalienborgmuseet









Crown Princess Ingrid with her first-born, Princess Margrethe, Denmark’s present Queen, on her arm in the early spring of 1941.The picture was used as the basis for the design of postal stamps and scraps.
Photo: Kehlet/Amalienborgmuseet
















Crown Princess Ingrid at Guide camp. Scrap from 1940. Amalienborg Museum.
Right from when she was a young Crown Princess, Queen Ingrid was involved as president and patron of a large number of organisations, such as the Scouting/Guiding movement, within which she was an extremely popular president of the newly established Girl Guides Council for many decades.
Photo: Iben Kauffmann







Rationing cards, and the leather case in which Queen Ingrid kept them. Amalienborg Museum.
Like all other Danes, the Royal Family were given rationing cards during the German Occupation. Rationing continued in the period after the end of the war, since shortages persisted for some time.
Photo: Iben Kauffmann<









Queen Ingrid at the annual distribution of the “Ingrid Collection’s” clothes and shoes for needy children’s families in North Schleswig in c.1950. As a young Crown Princess, Queen Ingrid was very involved with North Schleswig, where poverty and scarcities were still much in evidence after the region had been part of Germany from 1864 until 1920. In 1938 the Crown Princess took the initiative to set up the “Ingrid Collection”; for several decades it contributed children’s clothing and shoes to help spread Christmas cheer in thousands of low-income homes in North Schleswig.
Photo: Museum Sønderjylland/Institut for Sønderjysk Lokalhistorie<









Franciska Clausen: Queen Ingrid. 1980. Oil on canvas. 83 x 65 cm. This exceptional and until now little known portrait of Queen Ingrid has been lent to the Amalienborg Museum’s exhibition about the Queen. The painting is normally to be found in the Portrait Gallery in Folkehjem, Aabenraa, one of the old Danish gathering places in North Schleswig.
Photo: Helge Krempin<









Evening dress belonging to Queen Ingrid, now in the Amalienborg Museum.
Purple dress in heavy silk, designed by Jørgen Bender in the 1980s.
Photo: Jørgen Bækhøj<









Evening dress belonging to Queen Ingrid, now in the Amalienborg Museum.

Black tulle dress made in Illum’s Fashion Salon in 1950. The dress became known as “The black swan”, and Queen Ingrid wore it for instance on her official visit to Paris in 1950 and during the State Visit of Iceland’s President to Denmark in 1954.
Photo: Jørgen Bækhøj<

Evening dress belonging to Queen Ingrid, now in the Amalienborg Museum.
Pale blue taffeta dress with turquoise floral guipure lace and almost floor-length jacket in the same materials, designed by Jørgen Bender in 1998. The ensemble was made for the wedding of Queen Ingrid’s granddaughter Princess Alexandra af Berleburg to Count Jefferson, held at Gråsten Castle in the summer of 1998. On that occasion Queen Ingrid was to be seen for the first time in public using the support of a rollator.
Photo: Jørgen Bækhøj