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Two crystal chandeliers and accents of pure gold provide a stunning backdrop for the Queen’s Library. Photo: Finn Christoffersen

The Queen's private book collection extends over three kilometres of shelves

The Queen’s Library

The gilded magnificence of the Queen’s Library provides the venue for meetings, lunches and tea parties.

Johannes Larsen’s painted storks circle gracefully on the ceiling, and wise owls look down from their golden cornices. Even though the book collection extends over three kilometers of shelves in total, it is only 10 percent of Her Majesty the Queen’s book collection that is placed at Christiansborg Palace. The rest of the books are placed at Amalienborg Palace.

The library is the Royal Family’s private collection of Danish and foreign works. The collection was started during the reign of Frederick V from 1746-1760. Since his reign, many thousands of books have been added to the collection. Some of them are treasured, signed first editions, including those of Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales. Others are handwritten scripts, drawings, maps and photographs.  

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