The Queen is Patroness of “Nyborg Castle - the Medieval Christiansborg”

Friday, Friday, October 07, 2016

Her Royal Highness Queen Margrethe II is now the patroness of “Nyborg Castle - the Medieval Christiansborg”.

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The royal castle, Nyborg Castle, just got even more royal. “Nyborg Castle - the Medieval Christiansborg” is her majesty’s first patronage of a Funen museum.

For centuries, Nyborg Castle was one of the Danish kings’ most important castles. As early as 1193, Nyborg Castle was named for the first time in written records, because King Knud VI held the National Assembly there. During the following 400 years, Nyborg Castle was the focal point for royal power in Denmark, originally as the preferred location for Danehof parliament meetings during the time of the itinerant kings, and later when Nyborg became the planned residential town for the king. Now, her Royal Highness the Queen will make the history of the castle her own in her first patronage of a museum on Funen.

Nyborg Castle - the Medieval Christiansborg
The patronage title, “Nyborg Castle - the Medieval Christiansborg”, refers to the municipality’s and the museum’s ambition to tell the unique history of Nyborg Castle as the medieval centre of power. The Queen will contribute to this ambition through her role as patroness.

The first museum on Funen
“Nyborg Castle - the Medieval Christiansborg” will be her majesty’s first patronage of a museum on Funen. With her new patronage, the Queen has acquired 90 patronages in Denmark and elsewhere, including 7 other museums, with 5 in Jylland, 1 on Sjælland and 1 on Møn.

Renewed royal focus
An earlier Danish queen also had her eye on Nyborg Castle and the surrounding town. During the second half of the 1300’s, Margrethe I had big plans for Nyborg as well as its castle. She expanded the castle, began the construction of the Church of our Lady in Nyborg and modernised the impressive water-regulation project which is still to be seen in the town in the form of a moat. With the present expansion of Nyborg Castle and ambitions to be added to UNESCO’s list of irreplaceable world heritage sites, there is renewed royal focus on Nyborg Castle and on the town of Nyborg, which lost its central importance for the royal family at the end of the 1500’s. Her Royal Highness the Queen last paid an official visit to Nyborg Castle in 2009. Now the royal family has announced that Her Royal Highness has accepted the patronage of “Nyborg Castle - the Medieval Christiansborg”.