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Lots of horses around in Copenhagen today and tomorrow

A state visit is an important event and in a monarchy such as the Danish one, it is also about making a royal impression and receiving the state guest with all the grandeur the country can muster. And for that what is better than the magnificent royal mounted guards.

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By Bente D. Knudsen      Pictures: Hisham Ammar

The full squadron of the Gard Hussar Regiment of 45 riders are in Copenhagen for the state visit of the French president Macron and his wife on 28 and 29 August.

Today 27 August you may see them as they ride through the streets of Copenhagen for the rehearsal tour.

They are staying at their “horse hotel”, the royal stables at Christiansborg Slot from where they ride out to Amalienborg Slot. The access to the Royal Stables’ Museum will be closed during the visit of the “house guests”.

Normally, for the state visit in Copenhagen, the Gard Hussar Regiment would be escorting a beautiful old horse carriage, however, due to the terror threat to France in general and to the French president’s visit in Denmark, security has demanded that the escort takes place in cars and not in horse drawn carriages.

It is still a public and open event, and the sight of the horses and their riders in full gala uniform is quite spectacular and something not to miss while you live in Denmark.

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The official reception takes place on Tuesday morning the 28 August with a ride from Kastellet in Copenhagen to Amalienborg Slot.

At Kastellet the French President and Ms Macron will be received by the Danish Crown Prince couple at 11:10 after which a wreath laying ceremony takes place, after this the French President and his wife will be taken by car, together with the Crown Prince Couple, to arrive at Amalienborg Slot at 11:30 and the Gard Hussar Regiment will escort them on the short route there.

The regiment will come to a standstill in front of the guest palace of Amalienborg Slot, Christian VII’s palace, where the Danish Queen will welcome the President and his wife on the front steps of the guest palace and take them inside for the official welcome ceremony in the vestibule of the palace, as well as showing the house guest around, as they will be staying here for their overnight stay in Copenhagen.

It will be possible to see the escort as they arrive, as the event is an open and public event. It will be crowded though regular tourists, press and Copenhageners come to see the sight. Be early to get a good place to watch. Danish police will be there to guide the public as to where you can stand and watch.

Read all about the state visit and find the full program in our article “A high profile state visit as his last task as French Ambassador to Denmark”

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HAVE a sneak peek preview inside the stables

Read also our article on what goes on inside the stables as the horses  and riders are preparing to leave – they even have a nail manicure! Great photo-reportage here

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In this small photo report below you can see what a rehearsal parade looks like when they leave Christiansborg Castle. This one is from a past carriage  and escort rehearsal. As noted there will be no horse carriage for the French president!

They are a grand sight as they take position in front of the old stable buildings awaiting departure.

When they are here with the full guard  of 45 riders, which they will be on this occasion, they are a long parade – and at the end of course the modern version of the stable boy picking up the horse droppings!

Royal Stables - an ancient tradition

Read more about the royal stables in our article here

The mounted Gard Hussar Squadron in front of the Royal Stables at Christiansborg Palace. Last briefing before departure.

The mounted Gard Hussar Squadron in front of the Royal Stables at Christiansborg Palace. Last briefing before departure. This picture is taken at an occasion when the full regiment is in town, which they will be for the state visit.

The trumpets sound for take-off.

The trumpets sound for take-off.

The is a rehearsal tour and it’s not the royal couple in the coach either- but members of the Royal Stable and Gard Hussar Regiment.

This is a rehearsal tour with a horse carriage and  members of the Royal Stables and Gard Hussar Regiment.

Did you guess what the little green van was for? Of course, a modern waste treatment van is used to pick up what the horses might have dropped!

Did you guess what the little green van was for? Of course, a modern waste treatment van is used to pick up what the horses might have dropped!