The Ceremony

At Amalienborg Palace, the royal residence in Copenhagen, the Royal Guard, mounted by the Kongelige Livgarde (Kings Life Guard)is on duty for 24 hours.

The size of the Guard and musical support is dependant on who is in residence at Amalienborg Palace:

Kongevagt (King's Watch) when the Monarch is in residence the Guards are accompanied by the Royal Guards music band.

Løjtnantsvagt (Lieutenant Watch) when Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik or Prince Joachim are residing at Amalienborg in the capacity of regents the Guards are accompanied by flutes and drums.

Palævagt (Manor Watch) when the Crown Prince or Prince Joachim are in residence but not in the capacity of regents or the Palace is uninhabited the Guards march through Copenhagen without musical accompaniment.

When To Go

Band at Amalienborg Palace Amalienborg Palace is the winter home of the Danish royal family from September to April .

During this time it is possible to see a full changing of the Royal Guard.

A limited ceremony takes place for the remainder of the year.

Guard Change Ceremonies

Discover some of the other Changing the Guard ceremonies around the world you can visit on your travels.

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