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Standing Guard

By bombebit
Still in Copenhagen I am afraid today - more precisely the Queens Castle 'Amalienborg'.

Amalienborg is the monarch’s winter residence. The Amalienborg complex consists of four palaces, planned around an octagonal courtyard, in the centre of which stands the French sculptor J.F.J. Saly’s equestrian statue of Frederik V, the founder of Amalienborg Palace and Frederiksstaden, the surrounding district of Copenhagen.

The complex was constructed by Frederik V on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the coronation of Christian I, the first King of the House of Oldenborg. The site for the four palaces was given to four prominent noblemen, who committed themselves to building identical palaces, designed by the court architect Nicolai Eigtved.

The Royal Family lived on Christiansborg until 1794, when it burned down (again), and the Royal Family decided to buy the four palais, name them Amalienborg, move in and live there.

The Royal Guard, an elite force of the Danish Army, has as its main purpose the protection and security of the Queen. Every day at noon, the guard replacement marches into the square and commences the change of the guard. The guards have permanent placement outside the palace, you may photograph them however not closer than 1 meter, you may speak to them however they will not reply, it is against code of practice to reply and therefore not concentrate on your duty. All guards are fully armed and carry the obligatory bear skin hat which during summer months cause several to collapse from heat stroke. The Guard is trained at the Royal Guard Millitary Academy which is next to Rosenborg Castle - picture of which will be uploaded tomorrow...

Hope you like it - comments very welcome (constructive and otherwise) Sorry about the long write up, but I like to share the history with you...


Tags: Architecture Copenhagen Denmark Slot Landscape and travel Amalienborg castle

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Cormy 14 3 England
16 Aug 2008 9:52AM
Lovely interesting shot.
Ray42 14 3 England
16 Aug 2008 9:57AM
Good shot - it might work better if the building was straightened - Hope you enjoyed it in Copenhagen - one of my favourite places from years ago
mark1309 15 13 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2008 10:24AM
ovely shot, like the composition and light, nice write up as well, very interesting,
Silverzone 15 2 England
16 Aug 2008 10:24AM
Lovely shot, interesting write-up. Sylvia
Stace 14 2 2 England
16 Aug 2008 10:50AM
Great capture, of a very difficult subject Berit, nice essay as well lol
Stace x
16 Aug 2008 11:50AM
A very well presented shot, nice detail
Thanatos 15 6
16 Aug 2008 11:53AM
Nice well done photo
sunshot 17 24 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2008 1:57PM
excellent shot and a very intresting write up

User_Removed 15 485 13 England
16 Aug 2008 5:08PM
excellent, great work

TEASE 15 10 England
16 Aug 2008 5:23PM
Beautiful composition love the detail...Smile
fentiger 21 920 24 England
16 Aug 2008 5:32PM
I took some here when I was in Copenhagen last year but they are not as good as this.

m3lem 16 England
16 Aug 2008 7:52PM
A great shot, i love the history too, brilliant work.
16 Aug 2008 8:14PM
Super shot and I love your p/f.
dathersmith 15 565 12 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2008 8:48PM
Great shot and a good narrative.

jdenman 14 19 5 Spain
16 Aug 2008 10:34PM
Great information and image yet again, the move is bringing some great shots with it.
Brilane 16 5 12 Wales
17 Aug 2008 1:49AM
Lovely picture, and a good commentary, I'm pleased to be no. 30.
Ridgeway 15 222 2 Ireland
17 Aug 2008 2:55AM
Interesting bit of history and a great shot,like the angle to.
dwoody 14 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2008 7:04AM
Great lighting and composition. Thanks for the write-up, it;s interesting to know about these places.
Gaz_H 16 150 1 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2008 9:20AM
Lovely photograph with brilliant lighting. Thank you for the history on all of your home photographs.
CherryMartin 14 10 United States
18 Aug 2008 7:31AM
wonderful capture.
18 Aug 2008 9:21AM
wonderful shot.......and lighting
newy17 16 273 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2008 2:59PM
Nice bit of history Berit,like how you have composed this Smile
dmhuynh72 14 47 3 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2008 10:05AM
excellent composition

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