Sunday, May 23, 2010

A Knight's Shield

The walls and stairwells of the church at Frederiksborg Castle are covered with shields with colourful and fanciful emblems. These are the shields of all the recipients of the two Danish orders; the Order of the Elephant and the Order of Dannebrog (the name for the Danish flag), and the church is actually a Knight's Chapel for these two orders. When looking at the names you get a very good picture of who's who in 400 years of Danish history, and even tourists will recognize names like Eisenhower, Churchill, Montgomery, De Gaulle, Mandela and numerous other heads of state and international figures, who have been given the Order of the Elephant. Nicolae Ceauşescu's is not there any more though.