Danish royal family
The Danish royal family is the dynastic family of the monarch. All members of the Danish royal family except Queen Margrethe II hold the title of Prince/Princess of Denmark. Dynastic children of the monarch and of the heir apparent are accorded the style of His/Her Royal Highness, while other members of the dynasty are addressed as His/Her Highness; the Queen is styled Her Majesty. The Queen and her siblings belong to the House of Glücksburg, a branch of the Royal House of Oldenburg; the Queen's children and male-line descendants belong agnatically to the family de Laborde de Monpezat, were given the concurrent title Count/Countess of Monpezat by royal decree on 30 April 2008. The Danish royal family enjoys remarkably high approval ratings in Denmark, ranging between 82% and 92%; the Danish royal family includes: The Queen The Crown Prince and Crown Princess Prince Christian Princess Isabella Prince Vincent Princess Josephine Prince Joachim and Princess Marie Prince Nikolai Prince Felix Prince Henrik Princess Athena The Dowager Princess of Sayn-Wittenstein-Berleburg The Queen of the Hellenes Most of the members of the deposed royal family of Greece hold the title of Prince or Princess of Greece and Denmark with the qualification of His or Her Highness, pursuant to the Royal Cabinet Order of 1974 and as agnatic descendants of George I of Greece, who, as the son of the future King Christian IX of Denmark, was a "Prince of Denmark" prior to his accession to the throne of Greece in 1863.
Until 1953 his dynastic male-line descendants remained in Denmark's order succession. However, no Danish act has revoked usage of the princely title for these descendants, neither for those living in 1953, nor for those born subsequently or who have since married into the dynasty. There are three members of the Greek royal family who are not known to bear the title of Prince/ss of Denmark with the qualification of His/Her Highness. Marina, consort of Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark Princess Alexandra, Mrs. Mirzayantz The Duchess of ApuliaThe following, consorts of royal monarchs today, were born with the titles of Prince/Princess of Greece and Denmark although they are not descended from King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie: Queen Sofia of Spain The Duke of Edinburgh The royal family of Norway descends in the legitimate male line from Frederick VIII of Denmark, Queen Margrethe II's great-grandfather. Haakon VII of Norway, born Prince Carl of Denmark as Frederick VIII's younger son, like his uncle, George I of Greece, invited to reign over another nation.
As with the Greek branch's descendants, members of the Norwegian line no longer have succession rights to the Danish crown, but unlike the Greek dynasts they discontinued use of Danish royal titles upon ascending to the Norwegian throne in 1905. The Ducal Family of Schleswig-Holstein descends in the legitimate male line from Christian III of Denmark; as with the Greek branch's descendants, members of the Schleswig-Holstein line no longer have succession rights to the Danish crown, but unlike the Greek dynasts they discontinued use of Danish royal titles upon ascending their foreign throne in 1564. Danish princes who marry without consent of the Danish monarch lose their dynastic rights, including royal title; the ex-dynasts, not being members of the Danish royal family, are usually accorded the hereditary title "Count of Rosenborg". They, their wives, their legitimate male-line descendants are: Count Ingolf and Countess Sussie of Rosenborg Countess Josephine of Rosenborg Countess Camilla of Rosenborg Countess Feodora of Rosenborg Count Ulrik and Countess Judi of Rosenborg Count Philip of Rosenborg Countess Katharina of Rosenborg Countess Charlotte of Rosenborg Count Axel and Countess Jutta of Rosenborg Count Carl Johan of Rosenborg Count Alexander of Rosenborg Countess Julie of Rosenborg Countess Désirée of Rosenborg Count Birger and Countess Lynne of Rosenborg Countess Benedikte of Rosenborg Count Carl Johan and Countess Lisa Jeanne of Rosenborg Countess Caroline of Rosenborg Countess Josefine of Rosenborg Countess Désirée of Rosenborg Countess Karin of Rosenborg Count Valdemar of Rosenborg Count Nicolai of Rosenborg Countess M
Prince's Mansion, Copenhagen
The Prince's Mansion is a palatial Rococo-style mansion located at Frederiksholms Kanal in central Copenhagen, Denmark. It used to serve as the official residence of the Crown Prince of Denmark but now houses the National Museum of Denmark; the original house was built in 1684 by Gysbert Wigand Michelbecker. Born in Marburg, he had settled in Copenhagen in 1657 and built a successful career as a merchant and ship owner. In 1685 the first reformed church in Copenhagen opened in his house. Michelbecker died in 1692 and in 1707 his house was taken over by his son-in-law Wilhelm Edinger. In 1716 it was put at the disposal of Tsar Peter the Great during his visit to Copenhagen. In 1725 Edinger sold the house to King Frederick IV who transformed it into a residence for Crown Prince Christian with the assistance of the architect Johan Cornelius Krieger. After King Christian V's ascent to the throne, the Prince's Mansion was taken over by Crown Prince Frederick, he altered the building from 1743 to 1744 with the assistance of Royal Master Builder Niels Eigtved.
In 1757 Lauritz de Thurah, Eigtved's successor as Court Architect, carried out a minor expansion of the complex on the corner of Frederiksholms Kanal and Stormgade. In the century the royal family discontinued their use of the property and instead it came into use for other purposes as a residence for artists and other peers with close ties to the court. For a while, the painters Jens Juel and Nikolaj Abraham Abildgaard both had their studios in the building; the latter had his home there from 1779 until 1787 and so did Court Painter Vigilius Eriksen, who lived there from 1774 until 1782, Professor Nikolaj Abraham Abildgaard who lived there from 1779 until 1787. Geographer and explorer Carsten Niebuhr, who had returned to Copenhagen as the only surviving member of the Danish Arabia Expedition in 1768, lived there from 1773 until 1778 when he accepted a position in the civil service of Danish Holstein. Among the statesmen who lived there were Foreign Minister Adolph Sigfried von der Osten and Ove Høegh-Guldberg who became de facto prime minister after Struense's fall and lived there until his own fall as a result of the 1784 coup d'état.
After the turn of the century, the residents included Royal Master Builder Christian Frederik Hansen who lived there from 1805 until 1834 while working on such projects as the construction of the new Copenhagen City Hall and the rebuilding of Church of Our Lady and Christiansborg Palace. Gerhard Christoph von Krogh, the military officer who had led the Danish troops in the Battle of Isted, was a resident from 1817 until 1853; the fire of the first Christiansborg in 1794 did not only leave the royal family but the Supreme Court of Denmark homeless and it found a new home at the Prince's Mansion. In 1830 it was given a new Assembly Hall at the second Christiansborg Palace but the daily administration remained at the mansion until 1864. After the adoption of the new Constitution in 1849, the Prince's Mansion was ceded to the Danish State; the building came to serve as a "home for the National Collections". These included the Museum of Ethnology which opened in 1849, the Royal Cabinet of Coins and Medals and the Museum of Nordic Antiquities.
The latter two were headed by the historian Christian Jürgensen Thomsen who resided in the building from 1851 until his death in 1865. The Museum of Nordic Antiquities developed into the National Museum which opened in the Prince's Mansion in 1892; the Prince's Mansion is one of the earliest Rococo buildings in Copenhagen. It has three wings with a courtyard closed to Frederiksholms Kanal by a single-story gallery with an entrance gate in the middle; the gallery is topped by a balustrade with statues. The statues together with window decorations on the garden side were saved from Krieger's building from 1726; the original symmetry of Eigtved's complex has been changed by the alterations of other architects which has increased the north wing to ten bays while the south wing still only consists of three bays. Mogens Clemmensen and Arne Nystrøm expanded the museum from 1929 to 1938, adding a large new four-winged building on the rear of the original mansion as well as a more narrow connecting wing between the new and old buildings which create a courtyard space open toward Ny Vestergade.
On the opposite side, they created a colonnade along the entire length of the complex, from Vester Voldgade to Frederiksholms Kanal. It has 38 columns of granite from the island of Bornholm; the latest alterations of the building took place in 1992 to the design of Gehrdt Bornebusch. He covered the interior courtyard of the connecting wing with a glass roof, transforming it into a central lobby entered through the museum's new main entrance located in the recessed section of the facade toward Ny Vestergade; the Prince's Mansion still houses the principal department of the National Museum. Facilities include a restaurant and a cinema. Antonsen, Inge Mejer: Prinsens Palais. Det Kongelige Palais i Kalveboderne 1-2. Nationalmuseet. 1992 Charlottenborg Palace Source
Neoclassical architecture is an architectural style produced by the neoclassical movement that began in the mid-18th century. In its purest form, it is a style principally derived from the architecture of classical antiquity, the Vitruvian principles, the work of the Italian architect Andrea Palladio. In form, neoclassical architecture emphasizes the wall rather than chiaroscuro and maintains separate identities to each of its parts; the style is manifested both in its details as a reaction against the Rococo style of naturalistic ornament, in its architectural formulae as an outgrowth of some classicising features of the Late Baroque architectural tradition. Neoclassical architecture is still designed today, but may be labelled New Classical Architecture for contemporary buildings. In Central and Eastern Europe, the style is referred to as Classicism, while the newer revival styles of the 19th century until today are called neoclassical. Intellectually, neoclassicism was symptomatic of a desire to return to the perceived "purity" of the arts of Rome, to the more vague perception of Ancient Greek arts and, to a lesser extent, 16th-century Renaissance Classicism, a source for academic Late Baroque architecture.
Many early 19th-century neoclassical architects were influenced by the drawings and projects of Étienne-Louis Boullée and Claude Nicolas Ledoux. The many graphite drawings of Boullée and his students depict spare geometrical architecture that emulates the eternality of the universe. There are Edmund Burke's conception of the sublime. Ledoux addressed the concept of architectural character, maintaining that a building should communicate its function to the viewer: taken such ideas give rise to "architecture parlante". A return to more classical architectural forms as a reaction to the Rococo style can be detected in some European architecture of the earlier 18th century, most vividly represented in the Palladian architecture of Georgian Britain and Ireland; the baroque style had never been to the English taste. Four influential books were published in the first quarter of the 18th century which highlighted the simplicity and purity of classical architecture: Vitruvius Britannicus, Palladio's Four Books of Architecture, De Re Aedificatoria and The Designs of Inigo Jones... with Some Additional Designs.
The most popular was the four-volume Vitruvius Britannicus by Colen Campbell. The book contained architectural prints of famous British buildings, inspired by the great architects from Vitruvius to Palladio. At first the book featured the work of Inigo Jones, but the tomes contained drawings and plans by Campbell and other 18th-century architects. Palladian architecture became well established in 18th-century Britain. At the forefront of the new school of design was the aristocratic "architect earl", Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington; this House was a reinterpretation of Palladio's Villa Capra, but purified of 16th century elements and ornament. This severe lack of ornamentation was to be a feature of the Palladianism. In 1734 William Kent and Lord Burlington designed one of England's finest examples of Palladian architecture with Holkham Hall in Norfolk; the main block of this house followed Palladio's dictates quite but Palladio's low detached, wings of farm buildings were elevated in significance.
This classicising vein was detectable, to a lesser degree, in the Late Baroque architecture in Paris, such as in Perrault's east range of the Louvre. This shift was visible in Rome at the redesigned façade for S. Giovanni in Laterano. By the mid 18th century, the movement broadened to incorporate a greater range of Classical influences, including those from Ancient Greece. An early centre of neoclassicism was Italy Naples, where by the 1730s, court architects such as Luigi Vanvitelli and Ferdinando Fuga were recovering classical and Mannierist forms in their Baroque architecture. Following their lead, Giovanni Antonio Medrano began to build the first neoclassical structures in Italy in the 1730s. In the same period, Alessandro Pompei introduced neoclassicism to the Venetian Republic, building one of the first lapidariums in Europe in Verona, in the Doric style. During the same period, neoclassical elements were introduced to Tuscany by architect Jean Nicolas Jadot de Ville-Issey, the court architect of Francis Stephen of Lorraine.
On Jadot's lead, an original neoclassical style was developed by Gaspare Paoletti, transforming Florence into the most important centre of neoclassicism in the peninsula. In the second half of the century, Neoclassicism flourished in Turin and Trieste. In the latter two cities, just as in Tuscany, the sober neoclassical style was linked to the reformism of the ruling Habsburg enlightened monarchs; the Rococo style remained much popular in Italy until the Napoleonic regimes, which brought a new archaeological classicism, embraced as a political statement by young, urban Italians with republican leanings. The shift to neoclassical architecture is conventionally dated to the 1750s, it first gained influence in France. In France, the movement was propelled by a generation of French art students trained in Rome, was influenced by the writings of
Royal Life Guards (Denmark)
The Royal Life Guards is a mechanized infantry regiment of the Danish Army, founded in 1658 by King Frederik III. The primary task is to provide a number of soldiers from the Guard Company to serve as a guard/ceremonial unit to the Danish monarchy, while training the Royal Guards for various functions in the mobilisation force; until its disbandment, the Royal Horse Guards, served the role as the mounted guard/ceremonial unit, afterwards the role was taken over by Guard Hussar Regiment Mounted Squadron. During the time period 1684-1867, the Royal Life Guards were called The Royal Foot Guard, in order to distinguish between the regiment and the Royal Horse Guards; the regiment itself has three battalions, the Guard Company and a Musical Corps: 1st Battalion – Founded 1658. Mechanized Infantry Battalion, part of 2nd Brigade. Plus Ultra 2nd Battalion – Founded 1867. Mechanized Infantry Battalion, part of 2nd Brigade. Vincere Volumus 3rd Battalion – Founded 1923. Training Battalion. Pro Regis Salute Guard Company - Founded 1659.
Ceremonial/guard unit. Royal Life Guard Music Band - Founded 1658. Musical unit. Disbanded units 4th Battalion – Founded 1961, Disbanded 2005. Infantry Battalion. 5th Battalion – Founded 2000, Disbanded 2005. Infantry Battalion. 6th Battalion – Founded 2000, Disbanded 2005. Infantry Battalion. 7th Battalion – Founded 2000, Disbanded 2005. Infantry Battalion; the Royal Life Guards provide a permanent guard at the Amalienborg Palace, Rosenborg Castle/garrison of the Royal Life Guards in Copenhagen and the garrison of Høvelte. On occasions guard is kept at Fredensborg Palace, Marselisborg Palace, Gråsten Palace, Christiansborg Palace and other locations inside the Danish realm; the review order uniform of the Royal Life Guards, worn while they are on guard duty, consists of bearskin headdresses, dark blue tunics and light blue trousers with white stripes. The ceremonial uniform, worn on special state occasions, substitutes a scarlet tunic for the dark blue; the bearskin is decorated with the regiment's bronze cap badge.
Symbolic infantry sabers are file. These were part of the spoils from the First Schleswig War of 1848–1851 and were derived from a French infantry weapon. United Kingdom – The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment – Bond of Friendship Germany – Bundeswehr Guard Hussar Regiment Guard Hussar Regiment Mounted Squadron Royal Horse Guards Brammer, G.. Livgarden 1658-1908. Copenhagen. Gram-Andersen, J.. Den Kongelige Livgarde 325 år - perioden 1958-1983. Copenhagen. Gram-Andersen, J.. Livgardens Kaserne & Rosenborg Eksercerplads 200 år. Copenhagen. Lövenskiold, C. L.v. Efterretninger om Den Kongelige Livgarde til Fods. Copenhagen. Thaulow, Th.. Livgarden 1908-1933. Copenhagen. Thaulow, Th.. Livgarden gennem 300 år. Copenhagen. Official Site Den Kongelige Livgardes Musikkorps
Charlottenborg Palace is a large town mansion located on the corner of Kongens Nytorv and Nyhavn in Copenhagen, Denmark. Built as a residence for Ulrik Frederik Gyldenløve, it has served as the base of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts since its foundation in 1754. Today it houses Kunsthal Charlottenborg, an institution for contemporary art, Danmarks Kunstbibliotek, the Royal Art Library; the site was donated by King Christian V to his half brother Ulrik Frederik Gyldenløve on 22 March 1669 in connection with the establishment of Kongens Nytorv. Gyldenløve built his new mansion from 1672 to 1683 as the first building on the new square; the main wing and two lateral wings were built from 1672 to 1677 under the architect Ewert Janssen. In 1783 mansion was extended with a rear, fourth wing was designed by Lambert van Haven; the bricks used were brought from Kalø Castle in Jutland which Gyldenløve had pulled down. In his old age, the large mansion became too big for Gyldenløve who sold it to the dowager queen Charlotte Amalie in 1700, hence the name.
Gyldenløve built a new, smaller mansion on the corner of Bredgade and Dronningens Tværgade which became known as "Gyldenløve's little mansion", now Moltke's Mansion, after a owner, where he lived until his death in 1705. After King Christian V´s death in 1699 the Queen Mother, Charlotte Amalie, purchased the Palace for 50,000 Danish crowns and it was renamed Charlottenborg Palace. In 1714, when the Queen Dowager died, the place was passed to King Christian VI. Renovations began in 1736-1737, its use and users shifted for a period of time. A small theater was constructed and used for various concerts and theatrical performances; the Palace Garden contained the Botanical Garden between 1778 - 1872. In 1701, the old Academy of Arts began its activities in the Palace; the small school grew and was formally inaugurated in the Charlottenborg Palace on March 31, 1754. In 1787, the ownership of the Palace was transferred to The Royal Danish Academy of Art; the Academy still occupies the Palace. Charlottenborg is a four-winged, three-storey building designed in the Dutch Baroque style but with some Italian influence.
The main wing towards the square has a central risalit flanked by two more pronounced, two-bay corner risalit. All three are topped by balustrades; the central risalit is decorated with Corinthian pilasters and a Tuscan/Doric portal with balcony The facade has sandstone decorations and window pediments. The lower rear wing consists of three pavilions; the central pavilion has a Tuscan arcade below, niches with busts above, a lantern on the copper-covered roof. The floor plan is remniscient of French castles, it has a piano nobile with a banguet hall above the main entrance, with access to the balcony, a ground floor with lower ceilings, a second floors for servants with lower ones. Ths arrangement became characteristic of mansions and upper-class town houses in the entire 18th century. In the rear wing, above the arcade, there is a well-preserved domed Baroque room with a splendid stucco ceiling. Royal Danish Academy of Art Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Exhibition Hall Danish National Art Library In the 2015 drama film The Danish Girl, Charlottenborg is the location where Einar and Gerda meet as students at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.
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Christian IX of Denmark
Christian IX was King of Denmark from 1863 until his death in 1906. From 1863 to 1864, he was concurrently Duke of Schleswig and Lauenburg. Growing up as a prince of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, a junior branch of the House of Oldenburg which had ruled Denmark since 1448, Christian was not in the immediate line of succession to the Danish throne. However, in 1852, Christian was chosen as heir to the Danish monarchy in light of the expected extinction of the senior line of the House of Oldenburg. Upon the death of King Frederick VII of Denmark in 1863, Christian acceded to the throne as the first Danish monarch of the House of Glücksburg; the beginning of his reign was marked by the Danish defeat in the Second Schleswig War and the subsequent loss of the duchies of Schleswig and Lauenburg which made the king immensely unpopular. The following years of his reign were dominated by political disputes as Denmark had only become a constitutional monarchy in 1849 and the balance of power between the sovereign and parliament was still in dispute.
In spite of his initial unpopularity and the many years of political strife, where the king was in conflict with large parts of the population, his popularity recovered towards the end of his reign, he became a national icon due to the length of his reign and the high standards of personal morality with which he was identified. Christian married his second cousin, Princess Louise of Hesse-Kassel, in 1842, their six children married into other royal families across Europe, earning him the sobriquet "the father-in-law of Europe". Margrethe II of Denmark, Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, Philippe of Belgium, Harald V of Norway, Felipe VI of Spain, Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, Constantine II of Greece, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, Queen Sofia of Spain, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, are among his descendants. Christian was born on 8 April 1818 at Gottorf Castle near the town of Schleswig in the Duchy of Schleswig as Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck, the fourth son of Friedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck, Princess Louise Caroline of Hesse-Kassel.
He was named after Prince Christian of Denmark, the King Christian VIII, his godfather. Christian's father was the head of the ducal house of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck, a junior male branch of the House of Oldenburg. Through his father, Christian was thus a direct male-line descendant of King Christian III of Denmark and an agnatic descendant of Helvig of Schauenburg, mother of King Christian I of Denmark, the "Semi-Salic" heiress of her brother Adolf of Schauenburg, last Schauenburg duke of Schleswig and count of Holstein; as such, Christian was eligible to succeed in the twin duchies of Schleswig-Holstein, but not first in line. Christian's mother was a daughter of Landgrave Charles of Hesse, a Danish Field Marshal and Royal Governor of the duchies of Schleswig and Holstein, his wife Princess Louise of Denmark, a daughter of Frederick V of Denmark. Through his mother, Christian was thus a great-grandson of Frederick V, great-great-grandson of George II of Great Britain and a descendant of several other monarchs, but had no direct claim to any European throne.
Christian lived with his parents and many siblings at Gottorf Castle, where the family stayed with Duke Friedrich Wilhelm's parents-in-law. However, on 6 June 1825, Duke Friedrich Wilhelm was appointed Duke of Glücksburg by his brother-in-law Frederick VI of Denmark, as the elder Glücksburg line had become extinct in 1779, he subsequently changed his title to Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg and founded the younger Glücksburg line. Subsequently, the family moved to Glücksburg Castle, where Christian was raised with his siblings under their father's supervision. Following the early death of the father in 1831, Christian grew up in Denmark and was educated in the Military Academy of Copenhagen; as a young man, Christian unsuccessfully sought the hand of his third cousin, Queen Victoria, in marriage. At the Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen on 26 May 1842, he married his half-second cousin, Louise of Hesse-Kassel, a niece of Christian VIII. In 1852, with the approval of the great powers of Europe, Christian was chosen by King Frederick VII to be heir presumptive after the extinction of the most senior line to the Danish throne, as Frederick VII seemed incapable of fathering children.
A justification for this choice was his marriage to Louise of Hesse-Kassel, who—as a niece of Christian VIII of Denmark—was related to the royal family. Frederick VII's childlessness had presented a thorny dilemma and the question of succession to the Danish throne proved problematic. Denmark's adherence to the Salic Law and a burgeoning nationalism within the German-speaking parts of Schleswig-Holstein hindered all hopes of a peaceful solution. Proposed resolutions to keep the two Duchies together and part of Denmark proved unsatisfactory to both Danish and German interests. While Denmark had adopted the Salic Law, this only affected the descendants of Frederick III of Denmark, the first hereditary monarch of Denmark. Agnatic descent from Frederick III would end with the death of the childless King Frederick VII and his childless uncle, Prince Ferdinand. At that point, the law of succession promulgated by Frederick III provided for a Semi-Salic succession. There were, several ways to interpret to whom the crown could pass, since the provision was not clear as to whether a claimant to the throne could be the closest female relative or not.
As the nations of Europe looked on, the numerous descendants of Hel
The Gustmeyer House is a historic property on Ved Stranden, opposite Christiansborg Palace on Slotsholmen, in central Copenhagen, Denmark. It was built in 1797 to a Neoclassical design by Johan Martin Quist; the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Niels Bohr was born in the building. McKinsey & Company is now based in the building; the merchant Carl Hieronimus Gustmeyer owned the property in the first half of the 18th century. After his death in 1756, His son took over the property; the building was destroyed in the Copenhagen Fire of 1795. The current building at the site was completed the following year to a design by Johan Martin Quist. Quist was one of a handful of master builders who obtained a near monopoly on the rebuilding of the city after the fire. Frederik Gustmeyer lost the family fortune during the economic crisis that resulted from Denmark's involvement in the Napoleonic Wars. A owner of the property was Nicolai Abraham Holten, he sold it when he was appointed as director of Øresund Custom House in Helsingør in 1839.
The building was home to a clothing company, A. Anckers Manufactur Varelager. Former foreign minister Ludvig Nicolaus von Scheele lived in the building from 1868 until 1873, it was acquired by the businessman and politician David B. Adler who resided at No. 14 until 1878. One of Adler's daughters, married the physician and physiology professor Christian Bohr in 1881, their two sons, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Niels Bohr and the mathematician Harald Bohr, were both born in the building. The house was owned by King George I of Greece from 1903 until his assassination in 1913, he was a son of Christian IX of Louise of Hesse-Kassel. The building served as headquarters for Kjøbenhavns Brandforsikring; the Neoclassical building is one of Copenhagen's first examples of a bourgeois residence with free-standing columns. The property includes two lateral wings which connect the main wing to a rear wing facing Admiralgade which served as warehouse for Gustmeyer's business. There is a one-storey building in the central courtyard which dates from the same time as the rest of the complex.
The entire property was refurbished by royal building inspector David Bretton-Meyer for the consultancy McKinsey & Company in 1985-1986. The building is today owned by ATP Properties