WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL COPENHAGEN

ROYAL COPENHAGEN
COPENHAGEN’S royal district is a place of palatial grace and royal splendour. The district is home to the Queen of Denmark.
The Royal Palace – now known as Amalienborg Palace, the royal district’s four most splendid rococo mansions surrounding a monumental octagonal plaza are today the official residences of the Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II and the Prince Consort, Henrik, as well as Crown Prince Frederik, his wife, Crown Princess Mary (originally from Tasmania)
and their four young children.
When the royal ensign flies from their private Mansion, they are in residence. In the centre of the Plaza is an equestrian statue of the district’s founder, Frederik V.

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CHANGING OF THE GUARDS
The changing of the royal guards takes place at noon and when the Queen is at home they also strike up the band (that is what happened today and the music was great). The parade leads the Royal Guards from Rosenborg Palace through the pedestrianised heart of town to Amalienborg Palace. What pageantry!

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NYHAVN – name means New Harbour. Once home to shady sailors’ joints, NYHAVN today is a picture postcard dining spot. It has been a designated heritage harbour since 1977 allowing old schooners and vintage sailing vessels to echo the canal’s historic nautical past.
The old vintage ships still carry on the canal’s maritime traditions.

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Lunch today was at Nyhavn
For me, Smoked Salmon with Smoked cheese and cucumber – most enjoyable.

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THE LITTLE MERMAID
For 100 years the Little Mermaid Statue, the embodiment of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale has perched on her stone by Langelinje, the Copenhagen harbour promenade. She cuts a tragic figure waiting for her dream Prince. The Statue was created by Danish Sculptor Edward Erikson (1876-1959) who used his wife as a model.

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TODAY’S TRIVIA
.Denmark was the first country to start decorating Christmas Mail with special Christmas stamps. Introduced in 1904, profits from the sales have ever since gone to the four “Christmas Stamp Homes” for underprivileged children.
ROYAL COPENHAGEN PORCELAIN
Royal COPENHAGEN’S Christmas Tables exhibition is one of the most popular Christmas events in Copenhagen. Every year the tables are set by new artists.
Royal Copenhagen was founded in 1775 under the patronage of the Queen. In 1911 it moved into its current location in one of the oldest houses in Copenhagen(1616).

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The blue and white dinner ware is still hand painted. 1,179 brush strokes to complete one blue fluted dinner plate. It is dish washer safe.

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This has been a most interesting day and we have not had need for an umbrella which makes sight-seeing much easier, especially when taking photos (and I have taken just a few).

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