Photographer's Note

South of Aarhus you will find this beautiful castle which belongs to The Royal family.
In 1661 King Frederik III was debt-ridden and was forced to hand over one of his crown properties to a major creditor - a Dutch merchant named Gabriel Marselis who supplied weapons and salt to the Danish government.He chose to relinquish Havreballegaard.Thereafter two of Marselis' sons moved to Denmark from Holland and setteled in the Aarhus area.
One son,Constantine Marselis later meneged to have Havreballegaard raised to the status of a baronetcy- called Marselisborg.The Marselis dynasty was unable to remain in Marselisborg and for 200 years it had a series of different owners.
Marselisborg castle was given by the people of Denmark
as a wedding gift to the crown prince(later Christian X) and his consort proncess Alexandrine.They used it as their summer residence.
The current palace was rebuilt in 1899-1902.
In 1967 King Frederik IX transferred the palace to his daughter Crown Princess Margrethe ( our Queen) and her consort Prince Henrik.RThe Royal couple also use Marselisborg castle as their summer residence.
The park was laid out in the traditional English style.
Besides a number of works of art ( my next posting) the park contains a beautiful rose garden and a herb garden.
When the Queen and her family stay at the palace in the summer,there is a changing of the guards ceremony at noon.
The palace is beautifully situated high above the Aarhus bay with a magnificent view and you can take a walk in the park and get close enough to glance through the windows (!)
( I didn't do that ! )
In the workshop is another photo of the castle.

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