Royal Guard, Copenhagen
Changing of the guard starts at Gothersgade barracks where the guard march of halve an hour before arriving at precise twelve a clock on Amalienborg palace yard.
At the square the guard change first walking up to the monarchs resident fane out to make a front march. After this a officer and a sergeant goes and collect the royal banner. With the banner the new guard march to relive the standing guard. It takes some time to shift the guards on the square in the meantime the royal music corps plays a few numbers before they take a little rest as they also have to accompany the relived guard back to the barracks. When the change of the guard has been made the old guard makes a new front march and put the banner back they had the day before and march of home.
The photos is from the Queens 49 years birthday when it’s a royal birthday it is a tradition that the monarch if at home goes out on the balcony to the cheers of the many people who has come to pay tribute (or just to see the Giraffe).
Disappointment comes as a tourist if the queen is not at home as the royal guard follows her around the country and only have lieutenants guard (if one of the other royals is home, this is with music) or a palace guard (no music and only a sergeant and 12 Guards) if nobody is at home. You see if there is someone at home on the palace flags if there is a crown in them there is someone at home
During September to April Amalienborg Palace is the winter home of the Danish royal family. During this time it is possible to see a full changing of the Royal Guard. The Royal Guard march to a military band from the barracks at Rosenborg Castle (the home of the Crown Jewels) in the King's Garden, through the streets of Copenhagen to perform the changing ceremony at Amalienborg Palace. The whole changing ceremony takes almost an hour. The Guard set off from Rosenborg Castle at 11:30 and arrive at Amalienborg Palace at noon.
A reduced ceremony takes place during the rest of the year when the royal family are not in residency.
There's a daily Changing of the Guard in Amalienborg Slotspad. Amalienborg Slots is the residence of Queen Margrethe II, and the Royal Life Guards have the duty of protecting her. The process occurs daily, and starts at 11:30am, though it's closer to noon when they actually enter the square of the palace. Unlike at Buckingham Palace, the crowds are small, and there's no big gated fence to keep folks away from the palace, so it's much easier for visitors and photographers to have a much more unobstructed view of the whole process...you can see this from my photos.
On the Queen's birthday, which is April 16th, I hear that things are a little more elaborate, but I did not have a chance to witness that myself.
This large quad area surrounded by impressive looking buildings is guarded by the Royal Life Guards. The guards patrol their stations and march back and forth in fine military fashion.
All tourists have their cameras out and are excitedly taking photos of the guards, but be careful not to get in their way as they still have a job to do.
From what I could tell, the Queen is in good hands!
A common event in the monarchy states is the ceremony of the changing of the guards, the 'Vagtparade'. It's held every morning at noon at Amalienborg. The protagonists are the soldiers of the 'Den Kongelige Livgard' (Royal Army). The ceremony is entertaining and quite funny, given that the soldiers communicate with each other using weird sounds and words.
You don´t have to go to London to see the changing of the guards. In Copenhagen you can see this phenomenon too. At 12 ´o clock at Amalienborg you can see a whole lot of guards making music, screaming and marching. A really nice sight.
Be there a quarter of an hour earlier to get a good place in the front.
Royal Guardians parade!!! It was worth waiting to see them. Funky clothes and hats they wear.. The first day we went to Rosenborg castle to see them leaving, but we missed them and caught up only at the end of their parade. But the other day we were ready and we were waiting in the square with Storks monument in front of Europa cafe.. and here they come.. tram pam pam..:)
On a very cold and snowy day, Danish Royal Life Guards in black gale winter uniforms changing Guard shift in Copenhagen at Rosenborg Castle ... Danish Military Band performs as many tourists and visitors watch .... :)
U can understand if The Queen is at the palace in case the flag is hanging on the Tower, she might be watching the parade, too ...
Next to the seaside there r several coffee shops and souvenir shops u can spend time while waiting for the time the ceremony starts.
If u r in Copenhagen, does not matter winter or summer, I strongly recommend u to attend this ceremony, worth to see ....
I was kinda fortunate to have as my guides a former guardsman (Allan) and a Danish historian (Raz) which made my visit to the museum extra rich and informative - Cheers Guys!
The Guards have a long and varied history, dating back to their formation in by King Chistian IV in 1658. Not only are they the Royal Bodyguard but are also a front-line infantry unit which has seen action in every major conflict the Danes have been involved in.
Their present-day role continues this duality providing the ceremonial Royal Guard at Rosenborg Castle and Amalienborg Palace and taking part in action on behalf of the UN and NATO in places such as Afghanistan, Africa and Iraq.
The museum is housed in the Rosenborg Barracks, adjacent to the Rosenborg Castle where the Guards perform their cermonial "Changing of the Guard" daily. The exhibitions chart the Guards' history from formation to the present day with scale models, period paintings, photographs and collections of memorabilia presented chronologically in a series of interconnecting rooms.
The museum is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays between 11.30 and 15.00 and entry is free (though note that a small donation is always appreciated). Guided group visits can be arranged, for a fee, as can access to the Archives and Library for research purposes.
The Amalienborg Slot has been the home to the Danish royal family since the 1790s. The palace is made up of four almost identical rococo mansions. They were designed by the architect Nicolai Eigtved.
The mansions surround a cobblestoned square with a central feature of a large statue showing the mounted figure of Frederik V (1746 - 1766); it was created by JFJ Saly.
One of the mansion houses is open to the public and is home to an exhibition space.
Remember the guard changes at noon.
If you at the right time and the right place, you will see the gaurds marching through the streets of Copenhagen, on their way to Amalienborg, the Royal Residence in Copenhagen. The Royal Guard is on duty for 24 hours and the change takes place every day at 12 o'clock noon. The parade starts off from the barracks by the Rosenborg Palace at 11:30am.
You dont need to buy a ticket, if you are not visiting inside the palace. The surroundings along the palace is quite peaceful. Lot many peoples were getting tan on the lawns of this palace. Sit/lie down a relax, if your not interested in seeing the crown jewels.
Every day at noon you can watch the changing of the guard in the courtyard of the Amalienborg Palace. The Guard leaves its quarters at Rosenborg Palace at 11:30 and marches along Gothersgade, Nørrevold, Fredriksborg, Køpmagergade, Østergade, Kongens Nytorv, Bredgade, Sankt Annæ Plads and Amaliegade to Amalienborg Palace, where the changing of the guard takes place at 12:00 sharp.
The Royal Guard stand in front of the red guard house or march forth and back in front of the palais's entrance. All guards blong to the Danish Army and have as task to protect the Royals. Every day at noon you can see them marching into the square and replacing the guards.
Each day the guards change. They're starting out in the small military area besides Rosenborg, and march through central Copenhagen, before actually releaving the guards at Amalienborg palace. The old guards will march back to the baraks.