Changing of the Guard in Copenhagen

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When in Copenhagen, the changing of the guard around noon is a must see. One of the reasons is that it is cosy and small rather than the changing of the guard in London. There are three types of Watch, The Kings watch when the queen is resident in the Amalienborg Palace, the Lieutenant Watch when HRH The Crown Prince is serving as regent and it can also be established if either HRH Prince Joachim or HRH Princess Benedikte act as regent. The Lieutenant’s watch can also be established when HRH The Prince Consort is in residence at Christian IX’s Palace. As part of this watch, the parade marches at 11.30 from the Life Guard Barracks under the command of a captain or a first lieutenant.

The smallest type of watch is called a Palace watch and is established when no royal family members are residing at Amalienborg. When a Palace watch is established, a commanding sergeant and the guard force march from the Life Guard Barracks at 11.32.

These photo’s are from the simple Palace Watch changing, but nevertheless nice to see and where will you see a police officer hand over his police hat to a tourist to take a photo with him as in the first two photo’s?

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