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The Throne Room at Christiansborg Palace photo Thorkild Jensen

The Throne Room

The Queen receives kings, presidents and ambassadors in the Throne Room, whenever there are state visits, gala dinners or New Year banquets at the palace. The Queen receives her guests in a room of marble pilasters and green, silk wall coverings.

The monarch is proclaimed from the Balcony of the Throne Room

Denmark’s prime minister steps out onto the balcony with the new monarch and proclaims the new king or queen when he or she accedes to the throne of Denmark.

Ever since the absolute monarchy was introduced in 1660, every king or queen of Denmark has been proclaimed by the head of government from the palace on Slotsholmen (Castle Island).

The last time a monarch was proclaimed was in 1972 when Margrethe II, dressed in mourning, acceded to the throne - only the day after her father had died.

The thrones are an historical relic from the period of absolute monarchy 

Although the Queen does not use the thrones, they remain as an historic relic from the period of absolute monarchy (1660 to 1848). The king's throne is adorned with two golden lions and the queen’s throne features two gilded mythical creatures called griffons.

The thrones were nearly lost when the palace burned down in 1884, but fortunately they were rescued just in time.

Guided Tours of The Royal Reception Rooms

In English: Daily at 15:00