The monarchy of Denmark is a constitutional monarchy that continues to enjoy widespread popular support from the people of Denmark.
If you are planning a visit to Denmark and its capital Copenhagen, then in this article we are going to share some insights into the Danish royal family to help inspire you to add Copenhagen to your itinerary.
The history of the Danish monarch
The kingdom of Denmark was established by the Viking king Gorm the Old in the 10th century, making the monarchy of Denmark the oldest in Europe. The only monarchy that is older than it is the Imperial House of Japan.
The establishment of the kingdom of Denmark is documented by the inscriptions on the ancient rune stones known as the Jelling Stones. These are two ancient stones that take their name from the town of Jelling, where they were found. Jelling was the home of the Viking king Gorm the Old, the first King of Denmark as we know it today.
The current ruler
Margrethe II is currently the Queen of Denmark, having ascended to the throne in 1972 upon the death of her father.
The Queen is a member of the House of Glucksburg, a branch of the House of Oldenburg. Her heir is Prince Frederik, her eldest son.
The palaces of the monarchy
There are several palaces at the disposal of the monarchs of Denmark.
The main residence and place of business for Queen Margrethe II is Amalienborg Palace in the center of Copenhagen. Amalienborg actually consists of four identical palaces – it was built in the 1750s for four noble families, however it was bought by the royal family in the 1790s.
Christiansborg Palace is also in Copenhagen, and is used for official functions such as banquets and state dinners. The Royal Stables are located at Christiansborg Palace. The site of this palace has been a royal residence since 1167, although the current building was constructed in 1928.
Fredensborg Palace is a residence to the north of Copenhagen. It is generally used a residence during spring and autumn, and is often used for state visits and ceremonial events.
Graasten Palace is located in Jutland. Traditionally, Graasten Palace has been used as a summer residence.
Hermitage Hunting Lodge is located in the Dyrehaven deer park to the north of Copenhagen.
Sorgenfri Palace is used as a residence by members of the royal family. In addition, the Queen also owns Marselisborg Palace in Aarhus and is used as a summer residence as well as for family holidays at Easter and Christmas.
Where to stay
Copenhagen has a huge range of accommodation options available to choose from. Whether you are looking for something high-end or boutique luxury, or needing to find somewhere to suit a more modest budget. Ideally, you are looking for somewhere central that is easily accessible via public transport. There are quite a lot of hotel apartments in Copenhagen which provide a great combination of self-contained kitchen facilities together with the convenience and security of a major hotel brand.