Tuesday 2 May 2006

Fredensborg gives christening gift for Christian

Today the Crown Prince Couple went to the Fredensborg Library to accept a christening gift from their local town council of Fredensborg. Frederik and Mary are truly Fredensborg locals as they live full time at The Chancellery House, which is part of Fredensborg Palace. So, as you can see from the photo, Mary and Frederik received a horse for Christian. He will be able to practice before he gets on his real life pony Flik Flak. Looks like Christian will become good with horses. But, the horse will actually stay at the library in the children's section so all the children of Fredensborg can play on it. Prince Christian also received a library membership card and two baby books to read.

Fredensborg Palace from the town of Fredensborg.

Fredensborg (the town) is known for the palace which was built by King Frederik IV after the Great Nordic War ended in 1720. Because of its beginnings the name Fredensborg means 'castle of peace'. Frederik IV was inspired by his many travels to Italy and so he had the palace built in the renaissance style. The palace is in the shape of an octagon surrounded by a large and beautiful garden and a park reaching down to Esrum Lake. The castle is located in the center of the small town of Fredensborg, and is surrounded by the private residences of local citizens. The big park attached to the palace is open to the public and faces Esrum Lake where locals go boating and fishing.

Some interesting Fredensborg links:
Jørn Utzon's Fredensborg housing
Pritzker Prize Utzon gallery
Library news about Frederik's and Mary's visit (in Danish) Town mayor John Hemmings represented the Fredensborg Town Council and presented the Finn Runes sculpture of a horse. Little Christian wasn't there to accept the gift himself so some other kids did the honours and helped out Mary and Frederik.
Fredensborg-Humlebæk Town Council (in Danish)
Fredensborg Library (in Danish)

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