The Danish monarchy

The Danish monarchy is a popular institution in Denmark and is one of the oldest in the world. The current monarch, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II, can trace her lineage back to the first Viking kings of Denmark over 1000 years ago. Denmark is a wonderful place to experience royal traditions, monuments, palaces and celebrations.

Crown jewels

Denmark: The world’s oldest monarchy

The Viking rune stones at Jelling, a World Heritage Site, are inscribed by Harald Bluetooth, the first king of a united Denmark around 1000 years ago. The Queen of Denmark is descended from him and Denmark is filled with a rich array of royal monuments, buildings and treasures spanning a thousand years. From castles and fortresses, to royal art collections and the Crown Jewels, you can experience royal Denmark at many sites across the country.

Margrethe and Henrik

Denmark's royal family today

Denmark’s royal family retains its popularity today due to its ability to adapt to the modern world. Members of the family engage in many diplomatic and charity events and are important ambassadors for the country. The Queen and her husband, HRH Prince Henrik, have two children, HRH Crown Prince Frederik and HRH Prince Joachim, each with children of their own and so the line is set to continue far into the future.

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Danish Royal Family Fact

Denmark's Royal Family is the oldest in the world. Queen Margrethe can trace her lineage back over 1000 years!


The Royal Danish Guard in front of Amalienborg Castle

Royal Copenhagen

Enjoy a capital city packed full of castles and regal events. Visit the home of the Danish Crown Jewels, experience the changing of the guards and much more!