Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Amalienborg Palace – Vacant for Decades

When King Christian IX ascended the throne of Denmark in 1863, the family moved from the Yellow Palace to the Amalienborg, a complex of four mansions encircling the square. The king was given the former Schack’s Mansion, now known as Christian IX's Palace.
Aerial photograph (below) of Amalienborg Palace with Christian IX's Palace in the upper right

Their children with their families visited yearly. On Thursday July 14th 1894 Nicholas II arrived from England where he had been visiting his fiancé Alexandra. ‘I rode to Amalienborg where I saw Amama [his grandmother]. I was put in the rooms at the very top’. The following Saturday a dinner for the King of Sweden was held in Christian VII’s palace.
Floor Plans (below) of Amalienborg Palace

After the death of Queen Louise in 1898 and King Christian in 1906, their palace remained uninhabited. The following series of interior photographs were taken in 1866 and 1908:
Knight’s Hall 1866

Knight’s Hall 1908

Dining Room 1908 

Yellow Drawing Room 1908

King Chrisitian IX’s Study 1908

Queen Louise’s Salon 1866 

Queen Louise’s Salon 1908

Queen Louise’s Dressing Room 1908
An inventory of Christian IX’s Palace was completed in 1948. The palace became the home of the current Queen Margarethe at the time of her marriage in 1967


  1. Does Queen Margarethe still reside at the palace?
    Ghostie x

  2. Yes, she does. It is the residence of the Danish Royal Family.

  3. Very interesting Johanna! Do you have the plans for the upper floors above the bel etage?

  4. Can you please post them? Amazing...

  5. I think that the pic called "Queen Louise’s Salon 1908" depicts the King's Drawing Room on the ground floor, through the open door you can see his famous study ;) (Amazing post, as usual !)

  6. It may have been the King's Drawing Room after the queen's death. The archives may have retained its original designation.