It’s a tradition, every Friday a special changing of the guard takes place in front of Graasten Castle when Queen Margrethe II occupies the premises. The castle is used by the Queen of Denmark mainly during summer holidays. This Friday, Queen Margrethe II was surrounded by her sisters to observe the changing of the guard from the doorstep of the castle.
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The Special Friday Changing of the Guard at Graasten Castle
The changing of the guard takes place at regular intervals in front of most royal palaces in Europe. There are certain traditions specific to each country and each palace. In Denmark, when Queen Margrethe II resides at Graasten Castle, a more special changing of the guard is organized on Fridays. During this changing of the guard, a musical corps is present and the public is invited to gather in front of the entrance to the castle to observe this military spectacle.
In reality, two bands take part in the changing of the guard. The musical corps of the royal guards is accompanied by the tambourine corps. This Friday, Queen Margrethe II was enjoying the company of her two younger sisters at Graasten Castle when they decided to interrupt their activities to observe the changing of the guard.
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The three sisters witness the changing of the guard with the visitors
Queen Margrethe II, 82, Princess Benedikte, 78, and Queen Anne-Marie, 75, came out on the castle doorstep, barely dressed. The three daughters of King Frederick IX wore casual outfits. They greeted the visitors from afar, who on the other side of the courtyard were watching the changing of the special guard.
Graasten Castle, located not far from Sonderbourg, is a former royal family hunting lodge, which in the 1930s became the summer residence of King Frederick IX and Queen Ingrid. Margrethe, having kept childhood memories with her sisters in these places, decided to perpetuate the tradition and to come and settle there too during the holidays.
Princess Benedikte works full-time for the Crown, receiving an annuity to fund her commitments. Anne-Marie is the youngest of the sisters. She became Queen of the Hellenes on her marriage to King Constantine II of Greece in 1964. The sister-in-law of Queen Sofia of Spain, who had been living a peaceful life in Porto-Héli for some years with her husband, recently moved in Athens to bring the former king closer to health facilities. Anne-Marie also returns punctually to Denmark with her sisters.