The Danish Monarchy can be traced back to Gorm the Old, who died in 958 and today includes Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. The role of the monarch is defined and limited by the Constitution of Denmark.
Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark waving to her subjects in Bogense, which is a small city in Fyn. They were celebrating the Constitution Day (Danish: Grundlovsdag), on June 5 2013, which commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Danish constitution of 1849, which established Denmark as a constitutional monarchy, and honors the constitution of 1953, which was adopted on the same date.
Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II´s Yacht Dannebrog in Nyborg, where she, and her husband Prince Consort Henrik, held a party for the local VIPs. The yacht was launched by Queen Alexandrine at Copenhagen in 1931.
Fredensborg Slot is a palace located on the island of Sjælland in Denmark. It is the Danish Royal Family’s spring and autumn residence, and is often the site of important state visits and events.
Nyholm Central Guardhouse (build 1745) at Holmen, Copenhagen, where the main base of the Royal Danish Navy was from 1690 to 1993. The building is called: “Under the Crown” (Danish: Under kronen). Most of the area is now open to the public and The National Film School of Denmark is located there. I find Holmen one of the most beautiful and interesting area in Copenhagen.
Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark joined the The Danish Frogman Corps (Danish: Frømandskorpset), which is an elite commando corps of the Royal Danish Navy. There were 300 applicants who started the basic course, which is nine months, but he was one of only five who passed it in 1995. This corps is based on the model of the British Special Boat Service. The Frogman Corps’ primary duty is reconnaissance, but it is also tasked with assaulting enemy ships, sabotage of fixed installations, advanced force and maritime anti-terrorism tasks. Crown Prince Frederik holds a MSc degree in Political Science from Aarhus University.
Schackenborg Slotskro is an inn which has been licensed since 1687 and is in the Møgeltønder village in Denmark. It is owned by Schackenborg Slotskro A/S, which is a partnership between His Royal Highness Prince Joachim and the renowned ship owner, Hans Michael Jebsen. Prince Joachim is the younger son of Queen Margrethe II and Prince Consort Henrik and lives in the Schackenborg Castle next door. Prince Consort Henrik was born in France and is the owner of the Château de Cayx wine company there. The servant is holding a bottle of one of his wine with a picture of the queen on it.
Copy of a statute from 1699 in Tønder, which is close to Møgeltønder. The purpose of the statue was to scare promiscuous women and thieves.
Frederiksborg Palace Slot in Hillerød, Denmark, was built as a royal residence for King Christian IV. There is now a restaurant and the National History Museum. There is also the largest collection of portraits in Denmark. The collection of shields with coat of arms is one of the finest and largest in the world. Denmark, Great Britain and Sweden are the only countries that have a living heraldic tradition. The shields with coats of arms of knights are displayed in the knight’s chapel of the church and other places in the palace. The Chapel of the Orders was established in 1693-94 during the reign of Christian V, but earlier statutes for the Order of the Elephant dating back to 1679 had already required knights to send their coats of arms to the order’s secretary. Today more than 3,100 Knights and Ladies have received, either the Order of the Elephant (more than 400) or the Order of Dannebrog (more than 2,700). The receiver of the Order of the Elephant are mainly members of the Royal family and heads of states like the President of Iceland.
A knight with the same forefather as me, Anders Sorensen Vedel (1542 – 1616), has used his emblem in his coat of arms. This emblem can be seen in many places e.g. a statue and paintings of him. It has 3 pictures inside a circle, which have the following meanings, which I translated from Danish to English: Alter which looks like a stone with fire means that God fear is holy. – Plant means preserve your health. – The snake biting it’s tale means that you should use your time intelligently or well. D.S.T. stands for Deus (God), Sanitas (Health) and Tempas (Time).