The Throne Chair of Denmark

The Throne Chair of Denmark is Made of Unicorn (Narwhal) Horns

The Throne Chair of Denmark is the physical representation of the Throne of the Kingdom of Denmark. According to legend, the Throne Chair is made of the horn of unicorns. In reality, it is made from Narwhal tusks. The throne is guarded by three lions of silver. The Throne Chair is located in the Castle of Rosenborg in Copenhagen. It is a central symbol of the absolute monarchy in Denmark and Norway.

Following the 1660 introduction of absolute monarchy in Denmark and Norway, King Frederick III ordered a throne chair to be created. The Throne Chair was made between 1662 and 1671 by Bendix Grodtschilling. During the reign of King Christian V, gilt figures were added to the chair.Both the Throne Chair and the silver lions were inspired by the Biblical Throne of King Solomon, which was guarded by twelve lions. In the 1st Book of Kings 10, it says:18 Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with the finest gold. 19 There were six steps to the throne, and the top of the throne was round behind; and there were arms on either side by the place of the seat, and two lions standing beside the arms. 20 And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the six steps; there was not the like made in any kingdom.The Throne Chair was used at coronations between 1671 and 1840. When absolute monarchy was replaced by constitutional monarchy in 1849, kings were no longer crowned or anointed, wherefore the Throne Chair lost its practical function.Even though Norway was formally an independent realm with its own throne, Denmark’s Throne Chair was de facto also Norway’s until 1814.”

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