Christiansborg Palace is situated on the small island Slotsholmen in the inner harbour of Copenhagen. For more than 800 years Slotholmen has been the site of buildings connected to the DRF. Immediately after his accession to the throne Christian VI had the medieval Copenhagen Palace torn down. Including the infamous tower Blåtårn (the Blue Tower) where Leonora Christine the daughter of Christian IV was once imprisoned for 22 years charged with high treason. By all accounts the old Copenhagen Castle was a dismal place. After raising it to the ground Christian VI had the first Christiansborg Palace built. It was finished in 1745 but unfortunately it burned in 1794. The second Christiansborg was finished in 1828 during the reign of Frederik VI. In 1884 this palace also burned. In 1907 Frederik VIII laid the foundation stone for the third Christiansborg and 1928 his son Christian X inaugurated the palace we know today.
The Main Palace: SLKE
The palace is not a residence but a part of the palace houses the Royal Reception Rooms where QMII hosts her annual New Year Levee, gala banquets and ambassadorial audiences. In 1990 on the occasion of QMII's 50th birthday the Danish business community presented her with new tapestries for the Great Hall of the Christiansborg Palace. The tapestries depicts a 1000 years of Denmark's history. The artist responsible is Bjoern Noergaard (he is also the artist chosen by QMII to design the sarcophagi for herself and the prince consort – they will be made of glass!! and I'll be happy to write a little bit about them should you be interested). The tapestries were handwoven in Paris. The process was time consuming and only in 2000 they were ready to be unveiled.
Bjørn Nørgaard?s tapestries - The Danish Monarchy
The palace is also the home of the Danish parliament (Folketinget). The prime minister has his/her office at Christiansborg.
In another part of the palace the Royal Stables are found. There is also an adjacent riding ground where the Queen's white Kladruber horses are exercised daily.
The palace also has chapel which is used by the royal family for baptisms, confirmations and sometimes weddings. In 2006 Prince Christian was baptised here.
It is also a tradition that Danish kings and queens lie in state (in Danish the term 'castrum doloris' the bed of pain/grief is used) be the coffin is escorted to it's final resting place in Roskilde Cathedral. Most recent Queen Ingrid lay in state in the Christiansborg Palace Chapel. QI was known as a lady with impeccable taste and she left her mark on the interiors of the royal palaces. Her daughters rooms had individual colour schemes. To honour their mother they had adorned her coffin with 3 reefs in the colours of their rooms at Amalienborg Palace; the blue reef from QMII, the red reef from Princess Benedikte and the yellow reef from QAM.