Exhibits at Rosenborg with special connection to the Royal House
The Crown of Christian V from 1670 was used for the coronations of all of the absolute monarchs; the last coronation took place in 1840. The Crown is still used on the occasion of the royal castrum doloris, which last time was in 1972.
The Crown Jewels date back to the 1746 will of Christian VI’s queen, Sophie Magdalene. In it, she directed that her jewellery should not be passed on to a particular person but should always be at the disposal of the sitting queen. The Crown Jewels have been added to several times and, in their existing form, date back to 1840. The Crown Jewels consist primarily of four large sets of jewellery: two with brilliant-cut diamonds, one with emeralds and brilliants, and one with rubies, pearls and brilliants. Today, The Crown Jewels are also at the disposal of HM The Queen, who uses them one or more times a year. This is normally for the New Year’s levee and in connection with state visits and other functions in the Royal House.
The royal baptismal basin is of pure gold, and since 1671, all of the royal children have been christened in this basin. Originally, the child’s name and christening date were engraved on the back of the basin, but at the end of the 1700s, there was no space for more names. Belonging with the basin are a water pitcher and two candlesticks, all of pure gold. During a christening, the basin is placed in a baptismal font of gold-plated silver. At the time of this writing, the font and the basin were last used in January 2006 during Prince Christian’s christening in Christiansborg Palace church.
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