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All the Kings' Horses

All the Kings’ Horses

Exhibition in The Royal Stables

The exhibition presents life-size models of 14 Danish kings on horseback. From Frederick II to Christian X, the kings sit on their favourite horses dressed in their finest riding clothes.

The exhibition presents a history of Denmark from the perspective of the royal saddle. Visitors will gain an insight into the kings’ close relationship with their horses, the frenzy of the royal hunts, warfare on horseback and the role the horses played in how the monarch presented himself to his people and the enemy.

One of the best known examples was in 1940 when Christian X rode out on his favourite horse Rolf during the German occupation. Nearly one million Danes came out onto the streets, waved to their King and hung flowering vines on Rolf. A day of sunshine in the otherwise dark days of the occupation.  Perlen, Rolf and all the other kings’ horses can be seen in the Royal Stables from 24th June to 3rd August 2017

Practical information

The Royal Stables at Christiansborg Palace from 24th of June to 3rd of August 2017.
Opening hours June: 13:30-16:00
Opening hours July: 10:00-17:00
Opening hours August: 13:30-16:00
Ticket price: Adult DKK 50, student DKK 40, child (under 18) free of charge

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More about Frederick VII's favourite horse Perlen


Christiansborg Palace