A Princess of Her Time. HRH Princess Benedikte and 75 years of Danish History
In 2019 Koldinghus celebrates the 75th birthday of the museum’s patron, HRH Princess Benedikte, with a large special exhibition. Focusing on selected highlights from Princess Benedikte’s life and work, the exhibition tells the story of 75 years of Danish history, from the birth of the Princess during Danish war-time occupation to the present day, through photos, audio and physical objects. Among other aspects, the exhibition illustrates how the dynamic transformation of society over the past 75 years has also influenced the Danish monarchy and the work carried out by the members of the Danish royal family.
The display of objects and clothing belonging to the Princess offers visitors to the exhibition a close look at the Princess’s personal history. Among the exhibits are gala dresses, jewellery, insignia of orders of chivalry and the Princess’s wedding dress from 1968.
The four-storey Ruin Hall at Koldinghus forms the setting for the exhibition. Each floor is dedicated to a central theme in the Princess’s life and work, from her role as a Princess to her important contribution over the years as the patron of a large number of national and international organizations within a wide range of fields, including guiding and scouting, riding, disability and health.
One floor is dedicated to the Princess’s great interest and involvement in Danish and international guiding and scouting. Here, among other exhibits, visitors will be able to see both Queen Ingrid’s and Princess Benedikte’s girl guide uniforms, and camping tents are used to showcase a presentation of the values of community and personal development that drive the guiding and scouting movement.
Another floor focuses on the Princess’s life-long interest in horses, riding and horse breeding – an interest that she shares with her daughter Princess Nathalie, who for many years has competed at the highest levels as a dressage rider and who helped secure a Danish bronze medal for team dressage in the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong. Naturally, the bronze medal is included in the exhibition.