The Royal Yacht Dannebrog was named by Queen Alexandrine in Copenhagen in 1931 and hoisted its flag for the first time on 26 May 1932. Dannebrog now serves as the official and private residence for the Royal Couple and other members of the Royal Family when they are on official visits overseas or on summer cruises in home waters. The Royal Yacht also takes part in surveillance and sea rescue operations when at sea.
Dannebrog was built in 1931-1932 at the Naval Dockyard in Copenhagen as a replacement for the previous royal vessel, the paddle steamer Dannebrog from 1879.
The ship’s hull is a riveted steel construction on transverse frames. The ship has a clipper bow and an elliptic stern. Seen from the outside, the Royal Yacht can be divided into two sections. In front of the funnel, there is space for crew accommodations, cargo and the engine. At the rear is the royal compartment, which could accommodate patients if the vessel is ever used in its role as a hospital ship. During visits to Danish and foreign ports, the covered quarterdeck is used for receptions.
The royal compartment includes The Queen’s and the Prince Consort’s studies, a dining salon, a lounge, the bedrooms and more. HM The Queen and HRH The Prince Consort have taken a personal interest in the interior design, the choice of furniture and general outfitting. The royal compartment contains furniture and fittings from the previous royal vessel from 1879.
The Royal Yacht Dannebrog is an independent command administered by the Chief of HM The Queen’s Naval Household, who is a member of the Royal Household. Dannebrog’s full crew consists of 9 officers, 7 sergeants, 2 able seamen, 2nd class and 35 enlisted personnel, who are all specially-selected from the Navy. The officers are normally seconded for periods of two to four years, whereas the able seamen stay for just one summer.