Denmark--like the United Kingdom--is known as a constitutional monarchy. Countries that are constitutional monarchies have a king or a queen that is the recognized head of state and an elected Prime Minister that is the head of the government. Most constitutional monarchies also have a Parliment that consists of elected representatives that make decisions for the people.
One of the things that makes Denmark so interesting is that it's ruling family has been in power for almost 1,000 years! That means that Margrethe---the current Queen of Denmark who is remarkably popular---has followed in the footsteps of literally dozens of her ancestors as the leader of the Danes.
When she's in Denmark, Margrethe lives in an interesting palace known as the Amalienborg Slot. The Slot is a collection of four buildings that sit around an octagonal square. The buildings were completed in 1760 and were originally designed to be homes for four wealthy Danish families.
Those plans were ruined in 1794 when Christiansborg Castle---an earlier palace---burned down. Needing a place to live, the Royal family moved into the city!
Today, Amalienborg Slot still serves as the home of the Royal family. It sits just down the street from Marmorkirken Cathedral and is guarded 24 hours a day by special forces known as the Livgarden who wear a navy blue jacket, blue pants and a bearskin hat while marching with machine guns for hours on end!
Sounds cool, doesn't it?
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So what do you think about the Danish monarchy? Do you think it's a good idea for one family to rule a country for as long as the Danish Royal family has? Would that consistency bring any advantages? What about disadvantages?
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Bam Bam Bigelow
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