This thread is about the newly renovated Eremitage Slot, located north of Copenhagen in a very large park called Dyrehaven = the animal park. Which is a public ground but also a place where 2.000 red deers and other animals live and breed.
The Eremitage Slot = The Hermitage Palace was finished in 1736 and has now been carefully restored to it's original and quite splendid decorations.
It was previously only used by the DRF in connection with the annual Hubertus Hunt, which isn't a hunt, but a ride. In full fox hunting attire, just without foxes and hounds. But the recent state visit suggests it will also be used during more official events like entertaining visiting dignitaries. Which is much more practical now that the place has been renovated.
More details will follow in this thread.
But let us have a look at the interiour of the hunting palace.
The chairs in the place is also in the style of when the palace was build. The design of the fabric has been chosen by QMII. They are now stored in the servants dining room on the top floor.
The main and quite elaborate dining room, where the King could dine with his guests or guest... alone - en eremitage. The table has in inbuild foodlift, thus dispensing with servants.
When you enter through the front door you enter the hall, which is deliveratly kept low key, so as not to outshine the dining room upstairs.
The main stairs are painted in a hue of blue that had just been invented when the palace was build. The tiles on the walls are all handmade and individually decorated with hunting scenes.
Eremitage Slottet was until recently bitterly cold during winter and only the odd stove provided some warmth. Here is one such iron cast stove.
The Room of the Crown Prince. despite the apparent simplicity of the room, the colors combined with the light give the room a very elegant touch.
The Queen's front Chamber. The Queens were actually rarely there. Behind the mirror at the wall to the left is a secret door to a privy. - What you...shall we say deposited there... went straight down to the basement.
Between the columns in the dining hall are handmade decorations called trophies.
This being a hunting palace, there are antlers everywhere. They are from the deers living in the park. A few hundred animals are culled every year to maintain a population of 2.000 deers. Each year Prince Henrik gets to shoot the largest stag in the park.
There are three balconies and we are used to seeing members of the DRF every year during the Hubertus Hunt, named after the saint of hunting, Saint Hubertus. (That's what he is called in Danish at least).
On the ceiling in the dining hall are cerubes. They have now been restored to their original looks.