The Royal Nordic Monarchies
There are three kingdoms in the Nordic countries - in Sweden, Denmark and Norway.
The Nordic monarchies are all world famous for their royal families and history.
The three Nordic countries is an interesting place to experience royal monuments and palaces as Hamlets Kronborg Castle in Denmark and Drottningholm Castle in Sweden and The Royal Palace in Oslo, Norway.
The Swedish Monarchy is more than 1000 years old, and the current monarch in Sweden is HRH King Carl XVI Gustaf, and he became King on 15 September 1973 on the death of his grandfather, Gustaf Vl Adolf. Sweden has been a kingdom the 1st century. The monarch is no longer the commander-in-chief of the Swedish Armed Forces, but he has retained the honorary rank of a four-star admiral in the Swedish Army and Air Force.
Sweden became the first monarchy to change its succession rites so that the first-born child of the monarch is heir to the throne, regardless of gender.
The Kingdom of Denmark is one of the oldest monarchies in the world. The first royal house of Denmark established in the 10th century by a Viking king called Gorm the Old, and today the Danish monarch HRH Queen Margrethe II is a descendant of the old Viking king.
Denmark has a constitutional monarchy, which means that the monarch cannot independently perform political acts. The Queen's main tasks are to represent Denmark abroad and to be a figurehead at home.
The Danish Royal Family and Monarchy is a popular institution in Denmark - and is highly respected and supported by nearly all the Danes.
HRH Queen Margrethe II
Many Danes are proud of their queen and their royal monarchy. Queen Margrethe is very respected for her intellectual prowess and her artistic abilities including working as an illustrator, set designer for the theatre as the Pantomime Theatre in Tivoli in Copenhagen.
The HRH Queen Margrethe II get married with a French diplomat Count Henri de Laborde de Monpezat, now known as HRH Prince Henrik. They have two sons, HRH Crown Prince Frederik and HRH Prince Joachim. Related to the history the Faroe Islands and Greenland still belong to the kingdom of Denmark.
Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen is the official residence of the Queen, but there are also other Palaces in Denmark, where the royal family stay during the year as Fredensborg Palace, Marselisborg Palace and Gråsten Palace.
Norway is a constitutional, hereditary monarchy. According to the Constitution, the executive power rests with the king, but in practice, it is the Council of the State which governs as the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget) has the power.
King Harald Fairhair initiated the Kingdom of Norway in the 9th century. The Kingdom of Norway obtained independence from Sweden in 1905.
Today in Norway HRH King Harald V is king. He and his wife, HRH Queen Sonja have two children, HRH Princess Märtha Louise and HRH Crown Prince Haakon and they live in Oslo at the Palace.