Don’t stand too close to the guards

March 16, 2012 § 8 Comments

Visitors gathered at the Amalienborg Slotsplads to see the change of guards in Copenhagen. Dec 28, 2011.

There are so many options for seeing cathedrals and palaces, but not a whole lot to see the changing of royal guards marching down the street with furry hats and guns. Everyday, new shift’s guards would march from the Rosenborg, cross the town and arrived at Amalienborg around noon. It seems that the marching pattern changes depends on whether the royalties are at the palace. If they are, the ceremony seems to be more elaborate and with music. Unfortunately, the day I visited, there wasn’t any music. However the bear skin hat gear and dark blue uniforms was still a great sight.

After visiting the Amalienborg museum, I went out to the center of the courtyard and waited for the royal guards among other visitors. It was cold and drizzling, but everyone was in great spirit, especially the kids jumping up and down. Then the police started to advice visitors to stand inside the line, so we don’t block the route of the guards. Not long after, we saw a small group of guards coming in from Frederiksgade. It was really cool when they walked by so closely.

There they come! Frederiksgade, Copenhagen. Dec 28, 2011.

The main action du jour. Amalienborg, Copenhagen. Dec 28, 2011.

The new shift's guard marching to his post. Amalienborg, Copenhagen. Dec 28, 2011.

After they’ve finished doing their thing in a group, the guards would march to their posts, and switch place with last shift’s guard. Visitors could follow the group around to see them switching place. Of course, you can take pictures with them after they settled in. However keep at least an arm reach distance to the guards. One little girl ran up right next to the guard, he reached out his arm shook his head to let the girl knows she came up too close. No smiles, no words. The little girl believed she did something ambarrassed under everyone’s eyes, she ran back to mommy… when she was convinced to take the picture again, she was only willing to stand this far:

The little girl on the right, with her brother on the left who stood at the appropriate distance. Outside Levetzau Palace, Amalienborg. Copenhagen. Dec 28, 2011.


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