The royal palaces and castles are historic buildings that provide a framework for the royal family’s private and official lives.

Amalienborg Slotsplads, 2003
Amalienborg is the the Royal Couple’s winter residence. The Amalienborg complex consists of four palaces, built 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 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, A.G. Moltke, Christian Frederik Levetzau, Joachim Brockdorf and Severin Løvenskiold, who committed themselves to building identical palaces, designed by the court architect Nicolai Eigtved.

Amalienborg became the royal residence after Christiansborg Palace burned down in the night between 26 and 27 February 1794. In the course of a few days, the King acquired both the Moltke and Schack Palaces.

The Royal Life Guard

The Royal Life Guard stands watch at Amalienborg and the other royal castles and palaces.  The Life Guard has a change of watch ceremony at Amalienborg daily at noon. In addition, post replacement is conducted every two hours.  

For further information about Amalienborg please visit the homepage Agency for Palaces and Cultural Properties. 

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