which is still to this day used by the Royal Family on special occasions. Koldinghus, meanwhile, is over 750 years old and was for many centuries the most important royal castle in Denmark. It was an intentionally menacing presence towering over the city of Kolding, guarding the country’s southern borders. The castle burnt down in 1808 and was for years reduced to a romantic ruin. Today, however, Koldinghus is a modern museum and host to large international exhibitions. It attracts visitors from all over the world, to experience the splendour of the building’s prize-winning restorations, the exhibitions, the view from Kæmpetårnet (‘the giant tower’), and lunch in renowned restaurant Madkælderen. The language of jewellery “The Royal Collection is more than the castles and the treasures within,” explains Thulstrup. “It is a glimpse into the lives of the Danish Royal Family, both historically and present day.” This is particularly evident in two current exhibitions. The extraordinary A Queen’s Jewellery Box – 50 years on the throne told in jewellery, at Amalienborg, celebrates the golden jubilee of the Queen, her life and reign. It tells the story of the young princess from ascension to today through her own deliberate use of jewellery. “The exhibition highlights a particular form of communication for the Queen that many may not be aware of,” says Thulstrup. “To the Queen, jewellery is not just a decorative element that has to match a given dress or outfit. When she wears a particular piece of jewellery, it contains a reference to these memories, and nothing is left to chance when the Queen chooses what jewellery to wear.”
Special Theme |
Unique Experiences in Denmark 2022
A long line of strong women Koldinghus also houses a special exhibition about Crown Princess Mary and four previous crown princesses of Denmark. This is a celebration of the Crown Princess’s 50th birthday and her role. “We are focusing on both the official role and the opportunities that follow,” Thulstrup says. “Through unique historical and private material and, crucially, the words of Crown Princess Mary, it becomes clear that the crown princesses in the Glücksborg dynasty are incredibly strong women.” The exhibition explores what it means to be a part of a Royal family, what the role requires of you privately and publicly, and the many opportunities to influence and to do good. All these women have made a difference to the lives of many people and to Denmark. The current Crown Princess is an exceptional example of this, so it is fitting that the exhibition is in celebration of her 50th birthday, as well as a look back through the history of the Royal Family that she joined in 2004 before becoming the Crown Princess of Denmark. The Royal Collection offers a unique way of experiencing and learning more about the cultural institution that is the Royal Family, and how it has shaped Denmark. The historic and current perspectives of the exhibitions make Rosenborg, Amalienborg and Koldinghus exciting and relevant places to visit time and again.
Koldinghus aerial shot.
A Queen’s Jewellery Box – 50 years on the throne told through jewellery 14 January to 23 October 2022, Amalienborg Museum, Christian VIII’s Palace Mary & Kronprinsesserne 1 February to 30 December 2022, Koldinghus Tickets to exhibitions are available online.
Web: www.kongernessamling.dk Facebook: Koldinghus, Rosenborg, Amalienborg Instagram: @koldinghus @rosenborgcastle @amalienborgmuseum
Mary & Kronprinsesserne exhibition poster.
A Queen’s Jewellery Box exhibition poster.
One such piece on display is the brooch she wore on her ascension to the throne on 15 January 1972, a now-iconic horseshoe-shaped brooch, which was a gift from her father to mark his signing of the revised Constitution that made her his successor. March 2022
Issue 140 |