Amalienborg is considered one of the greatest works of Danish Rococco architecture and was constructed in the 1700's.
Amalienborg is made up of four identical buildings - Christian VII’s Palace (also known as Moltke's Palace, used as guest residence), Christian VIII’s Palace (also known as Levetzau' Palace, used as guest palace for Prince Joachim and Princess Benedikte), Frederik VIII’s Palace (also known as Brockdorff’s Palace, home of the Crown Prince family), and Christian IX’s Palace (also known as Schack’s Palace, home of the Queen and Prince Consort). In the middle of the palace square there is a statue of King Frederik V from 1771.
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Changing of The Royal Guard
Amalienborg is also known for its Royal Guard, called Den Kongelige Livgarde. Every day you can experience the changing of the guards, as they march from their barracks in Gothersgade 100 by Rosenborg Castle through the streets of Copenhagen and end up at Amalienborg, where the changing of the guard takes place at 12:00 noon. The route varies. There are three types of watches: King's watch, lieutenant watch and palace watch.
A king's watch is when Her Majesty the Queen takes up residence in Christian IX's Palace. This watch is the largest one and the only one with the Danish flag present. A king's watch is under the command of a major or a captain, and the guards leave from The Royal Guard barracks in Gothersgade 100 at 11:27.
A lieutenant watch is when His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik, His Royal Highness Prince Joachim, Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte, or His Royal Highness the Prince Consort takes the place as regent, when the monarch is unable to. The size of this watch depends on how many of the aforementioned persons are residing in the palace. A lieutenant watch is under the command of a captain or lieutenant, and the guards leave from The Royal Guard barracks in Gothersgade 100 at 11:30.
A palace watch is when no members of the royal family is in the palace, and it is the smallest one. A palace watch is under the command of a sergeant, and the guards leave from The Royal Guard barracks in Gothersgade 100 at 11:32.
Both the king's watch and the lieutenant watch are joined by the music and tambour corps. On special occasions, such as the queen's birthday 16 April, the Royal Guard wears red guard gala and gala flags with the royal coat of arms on them.
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