The Royal Stables at Christiansborg Palace are the home of the horses and carriages that are used by the Royal Family for official events and festive occasions.
The horses in the stables
When the stables were built in 1745, 250 horses stood among the marble pillars. Today the stables have 14-16 horses.
The white horses in the stables are Kladrubers from the Czech Republic. The first horses of the race came to the stables in 1994. Kladrubers are gentle and intelligent and have drawn coaches for the princely families of Europe for centuries. They are bron dark and become white when they are 6-7 years old.
The horses are trained daily on Christiansborg Riding Ground and in the streets of Copenhagen. From the middle of June until the beginning of August they are put out to graze.
The Danish Monarchy disposes of a large collection of state coaches and horse drawn carriages, most of which are exhibited in the Royal Stables when they are not in use.
The best-known and finest of the royal coaches is the Gold State Coach. It is a tradition that the Royal Couple uses the Gold State Coach during the traditional New Year's Reception at Christiansborg Palace in January when they drive over from Amalienborg.
Other fine carriages include the State Coach of Queen Dowager Juliane Marie from 1778 and the so-called Barouche from 1906 which was used for both the wedding of the Royal Couple in 1967 and the Crown Prince and Crown Princess in 2004.
Visit the Royal Stables
The Royal Stables are open to the public. See the opening hours of the Royal Stables here.Last updated:: Tuesday, April 09, 2013