The Viking rune stones at Jelling, a World Heritage Site, are inscribed by Harald Bluetooth, the first king of a united Denmark around 1000 years ago. The Queen is descended from him and Denmark is filled with a rich array of royal monuments, buildings and treasures spanning a thousand years. From castles and fortresses, to royal art collections and the crown jewels, you can experience Royal Denmark at many sites across the country.
Denmark’s royal family retains its popularity today due to its ability to adapt to the modern world. Members of the family engage in many diplomatic and charity events and are important ambassadors for the country. The Queen and her husband, HRH Prince Henrik, have two children, HRH Crown Prince Frederik and HRH Prince Joachim, each with children of their own and so the line is set to continue far into the future.
The next generation of royalty is growing up fast. The Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary have four children and the eldest, Christian, is second in line to the Danish throne. HRH Crown Princess Mary is originally from Tasmania and is known as a style icon. HRH Crown Prince Frederik is a very popular figure in Denmark and has been voted Dane of the Year in Danish opinion polls more than once.
The Queen celebrated 40 years on the throne with pomp and celebration in January 2012. On special occasions such as these, the Crown Pair traditionally take a carriage tour from their home, Amalienborg Palace, (insert Guide DK link) through Copenhagen. The whole family also gathers on special occasions to wave to the public from the palace balcony. Visit the Monarchy website to find out when the next regal celebrations will be happening for a taste of your own royal Danish traditions.
Since the 1930s, the impressive Royal Yacht Dannebrog has served as official and private residence of various members of the Royal Family during state visits abroad and summer tours of Denmark. The yacht is named after the Danish flag and is still fantastically ship-shape, despite its 75 years of age!