Stueetage

Christian IX’s study

From the most recent Glücksburg king (Frederik IX) we jump back to the first (Christian IX), who reigned from 1863 to 1906 and was the progenitor of the House of Glücksburg. Originally the room was furnished in Christian IX’s Palace on the opposite side of the palace square, in which HM Queen Margrethe and HRH The Prince Consort now reside.

The many trinkets, the draperies, the heavy curtains, and the many tassels show that the room stems from the Victorian era. Some of the furnishings were brought from Christian IX’s study in The Yellow Palace, where the family lived until the accession to the throne. Most of the furnishings stem, however, from Christian IX and Queen Louise’s reign.

The decor is influenced by the fact that Christian IX was a dedicated family man, as is demonstrated by the many family photos, which were a new phenomenon at the time. The photographs were in part status symbols, as they were still very expensive to produce, but they also show that the King identified himself with the role of “Europe’s father-in-law”.

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The palace square

Get the complete royal experience by seeing the Life Guards’ changing of the guard in the Palace Square in combination with a visit to the museum in the palace. In snowstorms and in heatwaves the Royal Life Guards steadfastly stand guard at Amalienborg and look after the Royal Family. Founded in 1658, the Life Guards have deep historical roots and have since 1785 called Rosenborg their home. Every day they march from the barracks there to Amalienborg for the changing of the guard at noon, at which the guards relieve their comrades. The parade goes through the city – often with a music corps – and attracts large numbers of spectators, and is indeed like something from a fairytale. The Life Guards’ uniform with the bearskin hat has evolved over the course of 300 years, for example the characteristic blue trousers have been in use since 1822. The parade and changing of the guard exist in several forms: the ‘royal guard’, ‘lieutenant’s guard’ and ‘palace guard’. The royal guard is the most comprehensive and occurs when HM The Queen is in residence at Amalienborg. A palace guard occurs when none of the members of the Royal Family is in residence at Amalienborg. HM the Queen reside in Christian IX’s Palace, TRH The Crown Couple in Frederik VIII’s Palace, while TRH Prince Joachim and Princess Marie as well as HRH Princess Benedikte make use of Christian VIII’s Palace, where the museum is also located. Apart from the size of the changing of the guard, different flags indicate which members of the Royal Family are in residence at Amalienborg. Here you have to look out for whether the Royal Standard, the Flag of the Heir to the Throne, the Flag of the Regent, or the Flag of the Royal House is flying above the black roofs of Amalienborg. If the Swallow-Tailed Flag is raised, none of the members of the Royal Family are in residence in the palaces at Amalienborg. It is therefore ideal supplement a visit to the museum, which offers insight into the Royal Family’s life and activities at Amalienborg, by watching the changing of the guard. But come in plenty of time, because you’re never alone in wanting to experience the presence of history on Amalienborg Palace Square.