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A very old tradition – the official reception of new AMBASSADORS by the Queen

The official reception of a foreign country’s highest representative – the Ambassador – is a very formal event and an ancient tradition. With the reception of the US Ambassador on the next one it is bound to be a big event.

By Bente D. Knudsen  Pictures: Hisham Ammar

 

In Denmark it is maintained in the best form possible, while taking into account the cost of moving around horses and soldiers from the Royal Mounted Gard Hussar Regiment.

It is an event not to be missed while you reside in Denmark.

It takes place a couple of times a year, depending on the amount of diplomatic changes, and entails the transport of a new ambassador by one of the Royal Stable’s horse-drawn carriages, escorted by members of the Royal Mounted Gard Hussar Regiment.

The ambassador is taken to meet the Queen at the castle where she has residence on the day itself. During the winter time it is most often at Amalienborg and during the summer at Fredensborg.

Due to the cost, and practicality of transporting horses and carriages from Slagelse to Copenhagen, the Queen bundles her reception and usually receives several at a time.

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The next event takes place Friday 15th December when the Queen receives them at Amalienborg Slot as she is in residence there at the moment.

They will start at around 09.40 from Kastellet and ride along Esplanaden to Amalienborg Slot. It is a beautiful site and there are plenty of opportunities to get a good sight of the magnificent parade of horses, traditional uniforms and the horse carriage along the route.

The escort and horse carriage will go back and forth until the last ambassador departs at 12:15 with the escort from Kastellet with the new and much awaited for  American Ambassador Ms Carla Sands.

In total six new ambassadors will be received at this occasion from Norway, Egypt, Austria, Israel and the US. Normally, the public are able to get quite close to the event and route, however due to the American ambassador being part of it, there will probably be extra security for that escort. Maybe the best time is to go early and see the first ones if you can.

The ambassadors are picked up by their cars at the end of the meeting with the Queen,which takes about 30 minutes for each of them.

For this event the full regiment (up to 45 horses) do not participate. However, a total of at least 20 horses and hussars from the mounted regiment and a carriage from the Royal Stables participate in it.

You can watch it from anywhere along the route. The sight is quite spectacular as they come riding up to the castle.

You can find the full route here

A few days before they will arrive at De Kongelige Stalde at Christiansborg, and there will also be practice rides through the city. We will keep you posted about the timing of these, as they are also great opportunities to see them.

Read more about the royal stables and the Queens horses in our article The Queen’s horses /

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When in Copenhagen the mounted regiment stays at the Royal Stables – which used to be home to more than 100 horses. The horses are immaculately maintained and very well behaved as you can see in the pictures below from inside of the Royal Stables at Christiansborg.

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Here the horses are at the stables at Christiansborg Castle at a former occasion when they were preparing for the Gold Coach Tour in January.