Wednesday, 17 January 2018

The Yellow Palace - Det Gule Palæ - in Copenhagen

In monarchical circles King Christian IX and Queen Louise of Denmark were known as ‘the father-in-law and mother-in-law of Europe’. Before inheriting the throne in 1863 and moving to the Amalienborg Palace, the family lived in the Yellow Palace on Ameliegade 18 in Copenhagen.

Photographs (below) of the Yellow Palace c1800s and today

Four of their six children would become two kings, a queen and an empress. Frederick VIII (1843-1912) who inherited the Danish throne in 1906 married Princess Louise of Sweden. Alexandra (1844-1925) was the wife of Edward VII of England. Wilhelm (1845-1913) on his acceptance of the Greek throne in 1863 became King George I of the Hellenes and was married to Grand Duchess Olga Konstantinovich. Dagmar (1846-1928) converting to Orthodoxy at her marriage to the future Emperor Alexander III adopted the name Maria Feodorovna. The two youngest children were Thyra (1853-1933) married to the Duke of Cumberland and Valdemar (1859-1939) to Princess Marie d’ Orléans-Bourbon.

Photographs c1861 (below) of the salon, dining room and study in the Yellow Palace

Alexandra was called ‘Beautiful’ by her father, Dagmar ‘Clever’ and Thyra ‘Kind’. Without luxury and excessive wealth, their family life was remembered as idyllic; the children returning with their own families in later years.

Photograph (below) of Christian IX with Dagmar, Wilhelm and Alexandra
Prince Valdemar and his wife Marie lived in the Yellow Palace after their marriage in 1885. During their visit to Denmark, Nicholas II and Alexandra went into Copenhagen for the day on Friday August 27th 1899. ‘We had lunch at Uncle Valdemar’s and Marie’s in their home’.

Photographs (below) of the Valdemar and Marie’s rooms in the Yellow Palace c1897

In 1919 after the revolution, Empress Maria Feodorovna lived in the Amalienborg Palace during the winter and Hvidore in the summer. On Tuesday December 2nd she ‘went by for a little while to the Yellow Palace to Louise’s who is settled in Uncle Hans’ old apartment. Recollections of it flowed over me how in former times I used to visit him there every day. I so miss that … At 7:30 I had dinner at Valdemar’s in the Yellow Palace’.

Photographs (below) of the Dowager Queen Louise’s rooms in the Yellow Palace

The Yellow Palace was shared by family members. Prince Valdemar was the last royal to live here until his death in 1939. Today it is used as offices for the current Queen Margarethe’s royal court. A shame the historical palace is hidden in the shadows.

Photographs (below) of the Yellow Palace in 1931 and Prince Valdemar on the balcony in 1937


  1. Wonderful post! And what an absolutely charming building. Also, again, I always love making out the subjects of paintings and photographs in these wonderfully crowded rooms. In the last one, here, there's the lovely portrait of Thyra from the 1870s on the back wall - oval portrait, rectangular frame - and so may familiar faces cluttering the desk in the foreground; Nicky and Alix's engagement photo is sitting right on the edge of that little table at center, in front of the desk. : )

  2. Thank you very much Stephilius. I did see the copies of the portraits you put on my facebook page. Lovely. And I recognize now the engagement photo of Nicholas and Alexandra. On the desk is a large photo of Eddy on the right and what may be Edward VII in the centre. It would be interesting to know if these photos and frames are used in the Amalienborg palace museum today where they have recreated the rooms of Christian IX and Queen Louise.