Frederik VI’s robe
Throughout Frederik 6th’s entire life Europe was at war, and he almost always wore a uniform. He was Commander in Chief for the country’s military forces, like Queen Margrethe is today, and he had a general’s uniform for every regiment. This uniform is from the “Life Guards Infantry”, with its characteristic, silver-embroidered bows on the coat front. The embroidered red coat was used from 1785, but in 1848 it was replaced with a blue uniform coat without the expensive silver embroidery. The pale blue trousers are still part of the uniform, and they are worn by the Queen’s Life Guard which stands guard at the Amalienborg Palace, and marches through the streets of Copenhagen every day.
The King’s tall hat is called a “chacot”, and is decorated with a 40 cm long, white pompom with a blue top. Frederik 6th wasn’t very tall, about 5’2”, but this was not very obvious when he wore this hat. Its braided gold thread cords fastened the hat to the top buttons of his uniform, so it didn’t blow off in the wind. The King wears the medal of the Dannebrogsmænd on his left breast.
Statuette of bronzed gypsum
The statuette of bronzed gypsym portrays king Frederik VI. The military dressing, that marks the king´s appearance on several paintings in this room, is also present with this artifact. The figurine is made in 1810 a time of a deep political crisis in Denmark-Norway in the wake of the Napoleonic Wars. The crisis culminateed with the state bankruptcy of 1813 and the loss of Norway the following year. Those years have been stamped by war and crisis and hence the king is dressed in the uniform of the Royal Life Guard and holds his left hand on the saber, seeking support from the weapon.