Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Danish crown princely couple takes over mansion
At 2 p.m. today the Danish Finance Minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen will, on behalf of the Palaces and Properties Agency, formally hand over Frederik VIII’s Mansion at Amalienborg to Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary.
The mansion has been uninhabited since Queen Ingrid moved permanently to Fredensborg in 1997 and has since 2004 undergone extensive restoration and renovation work. From the end of February until it closed in early August, 479,246 people have taken the opportunity to visit the mansion and see the contemporary artworks with which it has been decorated.
Frederik VIII’s Mansion will be the official residence of the crown princely couple, also after their future accession to the Danish throne, but from remarks made by Crown Prince Frederik at the time his wife’s pregnancy with twins was announced I understand that, as for now, they will continue to live mostly at the Chancellery House at Fredensborg, where they have had their home since they married in 2004 and where the children attend a local kindergarten.