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Patronages in East Jutland

The Role of the Patron is to favour the given organisation or institution. This is done by extending people’s knowledge about the issue or organisation in question. In this manner, their work is meant to inspire other people into making donations or performing charitable work.

It is not uncommon, that the patron makes an annual visit to the organisation and is present on special occasions.

There is a distinction between life-long patronages and one-offs. Humanitarian organisations are often granted permanent patronage, while exhibitions are only granted this privilege if the chosen member of the Royal family is present at the opening ceremony.

Arkivfoto: Ole Lind.

ARoS - Aarhus Museum of Art

Queen Margrethe has been keenly interested in art for many years, and she has been an active artist herself in several different fields such as painting, tapestry, and book illustrations. Some of the Queens work is exhibited at ARoS, Aarhus Museum of Art, of which the Queen is also a patroness.

ARoS Aarhus Museum of Art is situated in the heart of Aarhus. The building is shaped like a cube measuring 52 x 52 metres. On the inside it measures no less than 17,700 square metres, which makes it one of the largest art museums within the Nordic Countries. It consists of three galleries with permanent collections, nine rooms with special exhibition sections and a museum for kids, which includes a workshop.

Three times each year, big international exhibitions are set up inside the large special exhibition gallery. In 2009, the original museum celebrated its 150 year anniversary.

Link: www.aros.dk

The Old Town

The Old Town is a living museum, which is made up of historical buildings, houses, gardens, exhibitions, shops and workshops. It provides an authentic experience of what life use to be like in the Danish towns back in the day.

The first time Queen Margrethe visited the Old Town was in October 1948 accompanied by her mother Queen Ingrid. Since then, she has visited the museum on several occasions both for official events and on family outings.

The patronage begun in 1987 and at that time it only included the Friends of the Old Town, but in 2002 the patronage came to include the whole museum.

On 18 March 2008, the Queen came to open a new museum in the Old Town named ‘Musæum 1927’, which is a new section in the Old Town’s modern part.

Link: www.dengamleby.dk

Foto: Mathilde Bech

The Jutlandic Music Conservatory, 'Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium'

The Jutlandic Music Conservatory, or the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, is a state-owned institution of higher education, educating students for careers in music and contributing to the promotion of music culture in Denmark. Crown Prince Frederik is the patron of the Jutlandic Music Conservatory.

It was founded in 1927 and is today the second largest conservatory in Denmark.

It was not until 1958 that the conservatory, that we know today, was built in Fuglesangs Allé in Aarhus.

The conservatory was finished in 1961 and two years later, it equalled the Royal Danish Music Conservatory financially and education-wise

Link: www.musik-kons.dk
Fregatten Jylland. Arkivfoto: Carsten Ingemann

Jylland the Frigate, 'Fregatten Jylland'

Prince Henrik is the patron of the Frigate, docked in Ebeltoft, which is the longest wooden ship in the world.

The Frigate has been a part of the Danish fleet and was launched on 20 November 1860 as the last of its kind. This marked the end of an era with wooden ships in the Danish fleet, as the iron ship became a popular substitute.

Back then, the ship was equipped with 44 front-loaded canons, but it was rebuilt in 1874, when it was put to use as a royal ship. On the deck, there was built a royal suite and chambers were constructed to house the King’s personnel.

On its first trip as a royal vessel, it sailed to Iceland. The Frigate was chosen because it was the largest and strongest ship in the fleet in those days. Thus, on 21 July 1874, Jylland the Frigate embarked on its journey to Iceland with King Christian IX onboard. In 1892, the Frigate was worn out was sold on auction in 1908 where it ceded being a part of the Danish fleet.

Link: www.fregatten-jylland.dk
Foto: Anders Find

The Kattegat Centre, 'Kattegatcentret'

The Kattegat Centre was inaugurated on 7 May 1993. Prince Henrik is the patron of the museum and his latest visit was in 2003, where the new whale shark model was unveiled.

Denmark’s shark centre, The Kattegat Centre (named after the waters between Jutland and Zealand, Kattegat) is situated in Grenaa. It has aquaria sizing from 250 to 1,500,500 litres showing life in the ocean, a Science Centre and an Environmental Centre, showing what happens when humans exploit its resources and use it as a dumpster.

Together, these three exhibitions tell the whole story about the ocean.

Link: www.kattegatcentret.dk
Arkvifoto: Klaus Gottfredsen

Moesgaard Museum

Moesgaard Museum, which houses archaeological and ethnographical collections, is placed in the picturesque forest south of Aarhus. ‘Grauballemanden’ (the man from Grauballe), who is more than 2000 years old, is the biggest attraction of the museum.

He is the only bog body of the Iron Age who is completely preserved. Queen Margrethe, who has studied archaeology, is the patroness of Moesgaard Museum. In 2005, the Museum hosted a special exhibition about the Viking Age in Aarhus, which was opened by the Queen.

To mark the Queen’s 70th birthday in 2010, the museum dedicated an exhibition to her. The exhibition ‘Queen Margrethe and the Archaeology’ tells of the Queens lifelong passion for archaeology.

Link: www.moesmus.dk
Her plantes midetræer ved Moesgaard i Århus. Arkivfoto: Klaus Gottfredsen

Plant a Tree, 'Plant et træ'

The Crown Prince is the patron of ‘Plant a Tree’. Dispersing information about the life and conditions of trees is the main purpose of the organisation ‘Plant a Tree’.

Also, programs for planting trees are carried out, benefiting Denmark in the future.

Furthermore, events are held with the purpose of making young and old people come together.

For instance, ‘Plant a Tree’ distributes fruit trees to kindergartens where children and their grandparents help each other planting the trees.

Link: www.plant-et-trae.dk

Kronprinseparret til Aarhus Studenter-Sangeres 75 års jubilæum. Fotograf ukendt

Aarhus Student Singers, 'Aarhus Studenter-Sangere'

Crown Prince Frederik is the patron of Aarhus Student Singers. It is a male voice choir, which was created by students at Aarhus University in 1930. Today the choir consists of 30 singers ranging from 23-80 years of age – one has been a member from the very beginning.

Aarhus Student Singers give concerts in Denmark and abroad, and they also go on concert trips.

The goal is to give the audience a different musical experience, introduce the Scandinavian male voice choir tradition to the outside world, and experience other cultures from the musical point.

Apart from the Scandinavian male voice choir tradition, the choir has added works of different composers from all over the world to their repertoire. It ranges all the way from church music to American barber-shop and swing.

Link: www.aarhusstudentersangere.dk
Foto: Annette Boe Østergaard


The National Equestrian Centre was established in 1989 and is situated at the manor of Vilhelmsbrog. Prince Henrik is the patron of the centre

The history of the manor goes back to the 1400s, although the buildings have been renovated since and new indoor and outdoor riding arenas have been erected.

Today, the facilities of Vilhelmsborg are of the highest international standards, and the centre is therefore a highly suitable venue for top equestrian sport- as well as breeding-events.

Link: www.vilhelmsborg.dk
Arkivfoto: Ole Lind

Aarhus’ Bourgeois Shooting Party, 'Aarhus Borgerlige Skydeselskab'

Prince Joachim is the patron of ‘Aarhus’ Bourgeois Shooting Party’. He is also an honorary member as are Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik.

The Shooting Party was created on 19 June 1834. King Frederik VII was the first royal representative, when he was included as honorary member in 1952.

From the beginning, the Shooting Party has held shooting events different places in Aarhus. In 1880, the pavilion on Ferdinandspladsen in Risskov was built and the shooting range was then situated in the middle of an animal park.

Women are denied access at the Party’s gatherings except from at the annual Queen Shoot, which is a competition whose champion wins the title of ‘Shoot Queen’.

Link: www.aarhusborgerligeskydeselskab

Århus Festuge 2007. Arkivfoto: Carsten Ingemann

Aarhus Festival, 'Århus Festuge'

Queen Margrethe is the patroness of Aarhus Festival. Each year, Her Majesty opens the Festival together with the Mayor of Aarhus – the ceremony takes place in the Music House of Aarhus(Musikhuset Aarhus).

The Festival, which took place for the first time in 1965, is a Festival of art and cultural events, where you can experience events such as dancing, theatre plays, exhibitions, music, happenings for children, sports and entertainment.

The Festival lasts ten days and takes place in the end of August or the beginning of September. Every year a new theme forms the basis for all the activities of the Festival.

Link: www.aarhusfestuge.com
Queen Margrethe
Prince Joachim