A Royal Yacht turns 90
DANNEBROG the Royal Yacht is more than a ship. It is a castle afloat that carries the royal family to meet the Danes. When the Royal Yacht arrives in harbours on its annual travels in Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands, the Monarch meets her people, as local communities welcome the Majesty and introduce her to the local area. The Royal Yacht ties the entire realm together, and it frames the life of the Royal Family at sea.
This year, the Royal Yacht turns 90. We celebrate this anniversary with an exhibition about DANNEBROG. The exhibition takes you on a journey with the Royal Yacht through nine decades to meet three Monarchs who have all had a special connection with the sea. The exhibition shows several aspects of the Royal Yacht that functions as a royal residence for Her Majesty the Queen Margrethe II, as well as a private home, a training ship, a symbol of monarchy and a popular icon.
The exhibition includes models of several royal vessels, sailor suits belonging to the Crown Prince and Prince Joachim in the 1970s and water colour paintings made by the Queen aboard the ship. Crew members explain about their daily duties, and photographs from the royal family album give a rare glimpse into the Queen’s childhood, where summer days aboard were spent playing dress-up and other games.
M/S the Maritime Museum of Denmark have collected personal memories, photographs and anecdotes from the Danes, and the exhibition also shows how the image of the Royal Yacht has been used as decoration on souvenirs, porcelain and beer labels.
The exhibition is on until August 21 2022 and was made in collaboration with the Royal House and the Royal Collections.
The exhibition is supported by Arne v. Schleschs Fond, Knud Højgaards Fond, A/S Dampskibsselskabet Orient’s Fond, Dronning Margrethe og Prins Henriks Fond, Gangstedfonden, Ole Kirks fond, Zeuthens mindelegat, Toyota fonden, Lemvigh Müllers Fond and Furi Appel Gunnar Niskers Fond.