The Danish monarchy is a popular institution in Denmark and is one of the oldest in the world. The current monarch, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II, can trace her lineage back to the first Viking kings of Denmark over 1000 years ago!
The Viking rune stones at Jelling, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are inscribed by Harald Bluetooth, the first king of a united Denmark around 1000 years ago. HM The Queen of Denmark 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 next generation of Danish royalty is growing up fast. HRH Crown Prince Frederik and HRH Crown Princess Mary have four children and the eldest, HRH Prince Christian, is second in line to the Danish throne. Princess Mary of Denmark 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.
Last year HRH Crown Prince Frederik celebrated his 50th birthday alongside the Danish population for an entire week! The Crown Prince were joined by over 70,000 Danes on a Royal Run in the streets of Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense, Aalborg, and Esbjerg. His actual birthday (May 26) was taken right out of a fairy tale as he and HRH Crown Princess Mary a carriage tour from their home, Amalienborg Palace, through Copenhagen while being congratulated by locals and visitors alike.
The whole family also gathers on special occasions, such as the Queen's birthday (April 16), 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.
It's not uncommon to get a glimpse of HM The Queen and her family in Denmark. You might even see HRH Crown Princess Mary walking their dog at The Citadel or HRH Crown Prince Frederik running a 10K in the streets. Here are some of the best places in Denmark to spot Danish royalty!