The Court is the term traditionally used for the Royal Family’s administration and household
The Court is the term traditionally used for the Royal Family’s administration and household. The members of the Royal House each have their own small administration, called a Royal Household. The largest is HM The Queen’s Royal Household. The administrative part of the Royal Household is situated in Det Gule Palæ on Amaliegade.
The Royal Households are in charge of the daily and general administration of the Royal Family. Today approximately 130 persons are employed in the different departments of the administration in The Lord Chamberlain’s Office,The Private Secretary’s Office, The Chapter of the Royal Orders of Chivalry, the Courts and external departments.
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THE LORD CHAMBERLAIN'S OFFICE
The Lord Chamberlain’s office is the secretariat for The Queen. The office is in charge of all the arrangements for official functions, such as state visits at home and abroad, dinners and luncheons, and court ceremonies, including presentation of credentials by ambassadors as well as their farewell audiences.
THE LORD CHAMBERLAIN
The Lord Chamberlain is Chief Administrative Officer of the Royal Household.
THE MASTER OF CEREMONIES
The Master of Ceremonies organises state visits and official parties.
THE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
The Communications and Press Secretary is reponsible for communication and media relations. As part of this function, the office supervises the production of the annual report and the editing of the Royal House’s website.
THE OFFICE OF TREASURY
The Office of the Treasury is managed by the Treasurer of the Royal Household. He is responsible for overall budgeting, accounts for the Civil List and administration of the royal foundations. The Treasurer is also the Human Resource Manager and is responsible for all the Monarch’s palaces and properties, IT, security and the Royal Warrants.
THE MASTER OF THE HOUSEHOLD'S DEPARTMENT
The Master of the Household’s Department is responsible for a wide range of functions, including valet service, food and drink service at functions, travel and luggage arrangements, driving, management of wine cellars, cooking and housekeeping. Coordinated by the Master of the Household, the department is divided into branches managed by two Chasseurs, the Chef de Cuisine and the Matron of the Household.
THE ROYAL MEWS
The Royal Mews oversees ceremonial coaches, vehicles and horses. The horses are used for pulling coaches and for the Royal Family’s pleasure and leisure riding. The Royal Mews is in charge of all ceremonial driving.
The Master Craftsman is responsible for the functions of the Household Workship. Its personnel include cabinet makers, a painter, a decorator and a dressmaker. The Household Workshop is also at the disposal of external craftsmen hired to perform specific conservation and preservation services.
The Private Secretary to HM The Queen heads the Private Secretary’s Department and is the link between HM The Queen and the Government, particularly the Prime Minister’s office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is the advisor and executive officer to HM The Queen in regard to her attendance at official engagements, her patronages, reception of deputations, audiences, matters pertaining to court titles and rank, and drafts of Her Majesty’s speeches. The Private Secretary to HM The Queen also serves as secretary to the Chancery of the Royal Danish Orders of Chivalry, and in that capacity advises The Queen in regard to the awarding of orders and medals.
The Chapter of the Royal Orders of Chivalry was founded by King Frederik VI in connection with the reorganisation of the Order of the Dannebrog in 1808. Historically, it is not a formal part of the Royal Household but, instead, an institution separate from the governance of state and directly under the Monarch, who is Head of the Royal Orders. HRH Prince Joachim is Chancellor of the Royal Orders of Chivalry. The Chapter’s administrative functions are supervised by the Secretary of the Orders while a Head of the Secretariat carries out day-to-day management. The secretariat handles all practical matters in relation to the administration of royal orders and decorations. The special purview of the Historiographer of the Royal Orders is to ensure that recipients of royal orders and decorations submit their curricula vitae and autobiographies and to consider requests for access to older autobiographies for research purposes.
The Chief of Court of HRH Prince Henrik is in charge of the Household’s overall management.
Under the management of the Chief of Court, the Secretariat advises and assists with functions that involve only His Royal Highness, including appointments, private audiences, travel arrangements and patronages.
The Chief of Court of Their Royal Highnesses The Crown Prince and The Crown Princess advises and assists in all functions pertaining to private matters, private audiences, travel, appointments, etc.
The Private Secretary to His Royal Highness Prince Joachim advises and assists in all official matters such as enquiries, appointments, patronages, honorary menberships, travel arrangements etc.
The Personal Secretary of Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte assists in all functions pertaining personally to Princess Benedikte, including private audiences, travel, appointments, patronages, presidencies, honorary memberships, etc.
HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN'S MILITARY HOUSEHOLD
The Military Household is an independent institution under the authority of the Ministry of Defence while, at the same time, existing as an integral part of the Royal Household. The Military Household constitutes the formal link between The Queen, the Ministry of Defence and the armed forces. The Chief of the Military Household, who holds the rank of colonel, is HM The Queen’s advisor on defence matters. He is also responsible for presenting Ministry of Defence matters that require royal assent, for royal visits to the military forces, royal flights, guard duties at the palaces and castles, military ceremonies with the Royal Lifeguard and the Royal Household Hussar Guards, and for The Queen’s Aide-de-Camps. The adjutant on duty, whose rank is major or commander, assists Her Majesty and accompanies her on official visits and travel. Occasionally, an adjutant is attached to other members of the Royal Family.
THE CAPTAIN OF HER MAJESTU THE QUEEN'S NAVAL HOUSEHOLD
The Captain is the chief of The Queen’s yacht ¨Dannebrog¨ and is her advisor in all maritime and naval matters.
MASTER OF THE ROYAL HUNT
The Master of the Royal Hunt is the formal link between The Queen and the state forests and organises royal hunts in the state forests.
CHAPLAIN OF HM THE QUEEN AND THE ROYAL FAMILY
The Queen’s Chaplain-in-Ordinary is in charge of the Royal Family’s personal pastoral care and is also the Royal Family’s private priest.
The superintendents at the Christiansborg and Fredensborg palaces are the link between HM The Queen and the Palaces and Properties Agency in connection with the Royal Family’s use of those palaces. The superintendent at Christiansborg Palace is also responsible for the Amalienborg mansions.
THE LORD CHAMBERLAIN'S OFFICE
Lord Chamberlain, Michael Ehrenreich
Executive Assistant Karina Greel Paulsen
Master of Ceremonies, Chamberlain, Colonel Kim Kristensen
Curator Elisabeth von Buchwald
Master of The Royal Household Kim Skjønnemann
Master of The Royal Household Kenneth Madsen
Secretary Lene Engskov Frost
Secretary Birgitte Jessen
The Communications Office
Communications and Press Secretary Lene Balleby
Web editor Christian Meyer
Communications officer Anne Mette Kirk Ørskov
Communications officer Frederik Linde
The Office of Treasury
Treasurer, Chamberlain Søren Weiskopf Kruse
Chief consultant, head of HR and personnel Pernille Flarup
Personnel clerk Hanne Søborg Mathiasen
Personnel clerk Minnie Pedersen
Head of accounts Randi Boholdt
Accounts clerk Tina Hougaard
Accounts clerk Gitte Linder
Accounts clerk Betina Weisberg Klein
Funds secretary Charles-Henri Keller
Palace Steward of Marselisborg Palace Jørgen Bøttern
Palace Steward of Chateau de Cayx Olivier Lesenecal
The Master of the Household’s Department
Footman Karsten Bloksgaard
Footman Lars Husted
Table decker Niels Stentoft
Valet Jesper G. Jensen
Valet Olivier Laurent
Chef de Cuisine Martin Kristoffersen
Matron Louise Nygaard
Lady's maid Lisbeth Faber Eriksen
Lady's maid Anne Saabye Nielsen
Matron assistant of Gråsten Slot Marie Ohlsen
The Royal Mews
Head of The Royal Mews, Per Thuesen
Royal coachman Poul Erik Petersen
Coachman Henrik Steinmann
Master of The Royal Craftsmen Finn Killbuck Johansen
Property assistant Troels G. Larsen
PRIVATE SECRETARY'S OFFICE
Private Secretary to HM The Queen, Secretary of The Royal Orders, Chamberlain Henning Fode
Depute Private Secretary Bjarne Erbo Grønfeldt
Private Assistant to Her Majesty The Queen Ingelise Riedel
Executive Assistant Anne Houman
Secretary Jane Sabroe
Secretary Janne Bodé
THE CHAPTER OF THE ROYAL DANISH ORDERS OF KNIGHTHOOD
Secretary of the Royal Danish Orders of Knighthood, Private Secretary to H.M. the Queen, Chamberlain Henning Fode
Chief Secretary at the Chapter of the Royal Danish Orders of Knighthood, Bjarne Erbo Grønfeldt
Treasurer to the Royal Danish Orders of Knighthood, chamberlain Per Thornit
Historiographer to the Royal Danish Orders of Knighthood, Dr. Knud J.V. Jespersen
Clerk at the Chapter of the Royal Danish Orders of Knighthood, Anette Mordhorst
Herald Painter to the Chapter of the Royal Danish Orders of Knighthood, Ronny Andersen
Archivist at the Chapter of the Royal Danish Orders of Knighthood, Asbjørn Thyssen Hansen
Chief of HM The Queen’s Military Household, Colonel, Chamberlain Lasse Harkjær
Aide-de-Camp, Major Johnnie Korsholm
Aide-de-Camp, Major Michael Rose
Aide-de-Camp, Major Ole H. B. Jensen
Aide-de-Camp, Commander Ole B. Pedersen
Aide-de-Camp, Major Thomas Søborg Lassen
Aide-de-Camp, Commander Michael Løbnitz Bager
Chief of HM The Queen’s Naval Household, Navy Captain Christian Anders Nørgaard
Chaplain-in-Ordinary Erik Norman Svendsen
Master of The Royal Hunt, Forest Supervisor Jens Bjerregaard Christensen
Palace Steward of Fredensborg Palace, Chamberlain, Colonel John Kidde-Hansen
Palace Steward of Amalienborg and Christiansborg Palace, Major Michael De Voss
Chief of Court of HRH Prince Henrik, museum director, Michael Bjørn Nellemann
Chief of Secretariat to HRH Prince Henrik, Major Nils Nykjær
Secretary to HRH Prince Henrik Olivier Lesenecal
Secretary Marianne Gøttsche Dupont
Chief of Court of TRH The Crown Prince and The Crown Princess, Chamberlain Christian Schønau
Lady-in-Waiting, Private Assistant to HRH The Crown Princess Christine Pii Hansen
Private Secretary to HRH The Crown Prince Morten Roland-Hansen
Executive Assistant Anne Grethe Høffner
Secretary Christine Heinen
Funds secretary Bodil Jensen
Master of the Royal Household of TRH The Crown Prince and The Crown Princess Knud Momme
Valet Allan Hjorth Baunsgaard
Chef de Cuisine Rene Raabjerg
Matron Helle W. Petersen
Lady's maid Lise Møller Jensen