floating Royal Residence - "Dannebrog"
During the summer season - from June to September -
the Royal Yacht “Dannebrog” becomes
the floating Royal Residence - when the Royal Family
tours and cruises the Danish waters
and international seas - visiting Danish
provincial cities and foreign ports. The Royal yacht
is also used for official arrangements - when docked
in domestic harbours or abroad. The Royal Yacht “Dannebrog”
is named after the Danish flag.
Years of Royal Summer Cruises
The Royal Yacht “Dannebrog” was launched
for the first time on May 26 - 1932 -
and was named by Queen Alexandrine
in 1931 - wife of King Christian
X. “Dannebrog" replaced the first
"Dannebrog" that was a paddle steamer launched
in 1880 - when King Christian IX was
king (the Father-in-Law of Europe). The Royal Yacht
serves as the official and private residence for the
royal couple - and other members of the royal family
- when they are on their summer cruises
in Danish waters and on official visits abroad.
Royal Maritime Quarters
The Royal maritime quarters consist of Queen
Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik’s
studies - dining room - communal salon - and
sleeping cabin. The royal quarters contain furniture
and decor from the previous royal yacht from 1880.
The Queen and the Prince Consort have also taken a personal
interest in deciding on the interior design.
The Crew from the Royal Danish Navy
The crew on “Dannebrog” consists of nine
officers - seven sergeants
- two constables and 35 conscripts
- who have been specially selected from the Royal
Danish Navy. The officers are usually contracted
for a two to four year period - while the conscripts
only join the cruise for one summer season.
from June to September
The first short summer cruise embarks from Copenhagen
Harbour in May - under the firing of
a salute from the battery of Sixtus at
Copenhagen’s harbour - and from Kronborg
Castle at Elsinore - when the Royal Vessel
passes the old Kronborg edifice from 1574.
The summer cruises takes the Royal couple and family
to all parts of Denmark - as well as to Greenland
- and to the Faroe Islands - which
is a part of the Danish Kingdom - and ends in the late
summer of September - when the royal
couple officially disembarks in Copenhagen.
King Frederik IX - and “Dannebrog”
But “Dannebrog” will always be associated
by the Danes with their very popular monarch King
Frederik IX - Queen Margrethe’s father
- who more than anyone else just loved his Yacht “Dannebrog”.
When King Frederik IX was a unmarried crown prince -
he sailed to Stockholm on board the
“Dannebrog” in 1934 - for
his wedding with Swedish Princess Ingrid
- later Queen Ingrid - and brought her back to Denmark
on “Dannebrog”. The Royal Yacht “Dannebrog”
was therefore coupled with one of the happiest moments
in his life. King Frederik IX had a morning ritual of
being hosed down on the wash deck with ice cold
water - also when the Royal ship was in Greenland
and the north Atlantic waters.
The Active Sailor King - "Sømandskongen"
King Frederik IX was born in 1899 -
and the King of Denmark from 1947 -
until his death in 1972. The King was
a sailor in heart and a symbolic image of a modern monarch
with a natural friendliness and warmth without jeopardising
the inherent dignity of the Monarchy and Royal institution.
The King was called in Danish “Sømandskongen”
- The Sailor King - and was an admired
and beloved sovereign - who modernised the Royal Danish
Monarchy and the former old-fashioned household and
institution behind it. He also took the initiative to
changed the existing line of Succession to the Danish
throne via a democratic elected Referendum
held under the Act dated the 25th March
- 1953 - that permitted female succession
to the throne of Denmark - according to male-preference
primogeniture - so his daughter - Princess Margrethe
became the Heiress Presumptive
- and later the second Queen of Denmark.
Popular Royal Family
The Royal family was particularly an invaluable national
hub and foundation for the Danes during the development
and construction of the Danish welfare state
up through the 1950s and 1960s
- and especially after a destructive and demoralising
World War II period - with the very unpleasant
and hideous Nazi occupation of Denmark. King
Frederik IX was a solid base and national symbol
together with his Queen Ingrid for
the Danes - as well as a fatherly figure - who was highly
respected and admired throughout the entire Danish kingdom.
The Danish Royal Family is a very popular and important
institution today - and is highly supported by the Danes.
Cruises in 2017
visit several towns and cities facing
the waterfront during the planed summer cruises
in Denmark - and the royal event is a great
opportunity for the royal family to
meet the citizens that arrange local festivities
at each port of call. It is a custom that the royal
visits include a reception on board "Dannebrog".
The floating Royal Residence - "Dannebrog"
is ready to cruise in June to September - 2017.
There will be 1 cruise to Kalundborg
in June - and 1 cruise
visiting the municipality
of Mariagerfjord. And then 1
cruise in August-September -
where the royal family will visit the most-easterly
located Danish isle - Bornholm - and
then cruise to various cities situated on rocky Bornholm
- during the Royal Families Summer tour 2017.