Whilst Queen Margrethe of Denmark celebrates her Golden Jubilee in 2022, the Royal Yacht marks its own milestone of 90 years.

The Royal Yacht Dannebrog, Copenhagen 2017. Photo: © User: Colin / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=66870395

Queen Margrethe opened the exhibition, Dannebrog: Royal Yacht for 90 years, at the Maritime Museum of Denmark on Tuesday, 8 February 2022.

Queen Alexandrine, the wife of King Christian X, named the Royal Yacht Dannebrog, launched the ship as the flag was hoisted for the first time, in Copenhagen on 26 May 1932.

Dannebrog, named after the Danish flag, serves at the official and private residence for Queen Margrethe and other members of the Royal Family when they are travelling at home on summer cruises in Denmark or away on official visits overseas.

Alexandrine of Denmark, Queen consort of King Christian X. Photo: Bain News Service, publisher – This image is available from the United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs divisionunder the digital ID ggbain.30697, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4590560

So far, Dannebrog has travelled more than 800,00 nautical miles since its launch, including most ports in Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands and France, Mediterranean and the Caribbean Seas.

The current Royal Yacht was designed and built from 1931 to 1932 at the Naval Dockyard in Copenhagen, to replace the previous vessel, the paddle steamer, also named Dannebrog, from 1879.

The Royal Yacht is dived into two sections. Space for crew accommodation, cargo and the engines is at the front of ship whilst the royal compartments are at the back.

Dannebrog’s full crew consists of 9 officers, 7 sergeants, 2 able seamen, 2nd class and 36 to 29 conscripts – all specially selected from the Navy.

A new team of conscripts begin their basic training in Frederikshavn in January every year where they undergo comprehensive naval training before they go aboard the Royal Yacht in April.

Conscripts handle all the practical tasks on board, acting as helmsmen and lookout duty whilst sailing, guard service whilst in port as well as cleaning and polishing the considerable amounts of brass on the ship. However, some have specialised training including machinists, chefs and bakers.

Most conscripts usually spend one-year training aboard Dannebrog before continuing serving aboard other ships in the Danish Navy.

So far Dannebrog has trained approximately 3,300 recruits in its 90-year history.

On the other hand, officers usually serve periods from two to four years.

Queen Margrethe and her sisters Princess Benedikte and Queen Anne Marie of Greece aboard the Royal Yacht Dannebrog.
Photo: © The Royal House of Denmark

The royal compartments include the Queen’s study, a dining saloon, a lounge, bedrooms and more – fitted out with furnishing and fittings from the 1879 vessel.

Queen Margrethe takes a personal interest in interior design, choice of furniture and general outfitting.

Dimensions of Dannebrog

Dannebrog’s hull is a riveted steel construction on transverse frames. The ship has a clipper bow and elliptic stern.

An overhaul was completed between 1980 to 1981, as well as replacing the ship’s main engines, to extend the Royal Yacht’s life well into the 21st Century.

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