Schackenborg Palace

Time to chat about another royal home!

Today’s post is all about Schackenborg, the palatial home of Prince Joachim of Denmark and, as you can see here, it’s not too shabby.

via countessAlexandra
via The Unofficial CountessAlexandra page

The estate consists of the palace itself

via kongehuset.de
via kongehuset.de

extensive gardens (that are open to the public in the summer)

(via Kongehuset.de)
(via Kongehuset.de)

and a working farm (including a Christmas tree farm!).

working away (via Royal Watchers)
Joachim the farmer (via Royal Watchers)

The palace transferred into the Royal Family’s ownership in 1978. The Schack family had owned the palace for 11 generations (!) and decided to transfer the property the the Queen of Denmark when upkeep simply became too much.

Here is the Count and Countess Schack with Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik and a young Prince Joachim, Prince Frederick standing in front of the Schackenborg in 1978. It must have been a sad day for the Schak family.

Visiting Schackenborg in 1978 (via Tomorrow's Crowned Heads)
Visiting Schackenborg in 1978 (via Tomorrow’s Crowned Heads)

When the transfer took place, it was decided that Schackenborg would be  held for Prince Joachim.  As the second son who would likely never be king (brother Prince Frederick is one year older), the palace and estate would give Joachim both an income and a home.  The plan was that Joachim would take over once he had enough of an education in agriculture and estate management.

Just imagine what must have been going through Prince Joachim’s head that day. Here he is, arms crosse with Queen Margrethe swishing ahead in her shawl. Born in 1969, Joachim wasn’t yet ten years old when all of this went down. In any case, this arrangement is similar how the Duchy of Cornwall was set up to give the Prince of Wales income before becoming King.

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And here’s the count with Joachim and a wee peak at the transfer papers.

via bt.dk
image via bt.dk

The future of the Schack family took quite a turn that day. Here is a recent photo of Mik Schack, the fellow who would have inherited had the estate stayed in his family.

Mik Schack via Danish Royal Family Media Watch
Mik Schack via Danish Royal Family Media Watch

This article includes an interview with Mik where he gives some more background on the situation.

Yes, I’m actually Count of SchackenborgMy family had Schackenborg Castle through 11generationsbut could not afford to inherit itso in 1978 it was taken over by the royal family,” said Mik Schack to bt.dk.

“My father told me that it was hopelessly in debtand it would be too hard for a Copenhagenboy like meI was not out to play farmer, because I had opened Musikcafeen at Huset and waswell on the way there,” continues Mik Schack.

And so the plan went into effect. Prince Joachim studied agriculture in Denmark and abroad, knowing that Schackenborg was his future.

Joachim on the estate's farm (via Royal Dish)
Joachim on the estate’s farm (via Royal Dish)

In 1993, all that planning came into action and he took over the Schakenborg estate made the palace home.

In 1995, two years after moving to Schackenborg, Prince Joachim announced he was going to marry Alexandra Manley. Alexandra had quickly won over the royal family, and actually explained in an early interview that she first met Queen Margrethe one-one-one while she had a paintbrush in hand at Schackenborg, helping to paint a fireplace (source).

Alexandra and Joachim's wedding day
Alexandra and Joachim’s wedding day

To celebrate the wedding , many Danes contributed to what was called The Nations Gift, which paid for the refurbishment of the exterior of the house and grounds.

The reception (via PrincessAlexandra.net)
The reception (via PrincessAlexandra.net)

There was a televised reception to thank the Danes for their gift and warm wishes, and this was the first time that Alexandra gave a speech in Danish. She only had six weeks of lessons under her belt at this point and despite that she impressed everyone. Alexandra’s is an interesting story – you can read a bit more about it by clicking here for our post on her twinkly engagement ring.

Alexandra's first speech in Danish (via PrincessAlexandra.net)
Alexandra’s first speech in Danish (via PrincessAlexandra.net)

Queen Margrethe gifted the couple with monogrammed gates to the palace with  an A for Alexandra and a J for Joachim. See them there? More about those gates in a minute.

Home Sweet Home (via PrincessAlexandra.net)
Home Sweet Home (via PrincessAlexandra.net)

First, Schackenborg made from tiny Lego pieces! Legoland is a big deal in Denmark- it’s where Lego was invented!- and they created a Lego model of the palace, which the couple visited in 1997.

A mini Schakenborg (via The Unofficial Countess Alexandra Page)
A mini Schakenborg (via The Unofficial Countess Alexandra Page)

Cute, right?

via the Unofficial Countess Alexandra Page
via the Unofficial Countess Alexandra Page

Here’s a glimpse inside.

via the Unofficial Countess Alexandra Page
via the Unofficial Countess Alexandra Page

The couple had quite a few dogs to walk around the palace grounds.

via The Unofficial Countess Alexandra Page
via The Unofficial Countess Alexandra Page

And this photo gives us a better look at the interior.

via The Unofficial Countess Alexandra Page
via The Unofficial Countess Alexandra Page

This portrait was taken in the same room and was featured in Vanity Fair in 2003.

(via Vanity Fair)
Just hanging out at home (via Vanity Fair)

And another one of the gates for good measure!

via The Unofficial Countess Alexandra Page
via The Unofficial Countess Alexandra Page

Joachim and Alexandra divorced in 2005 and Alexandra moved out of the palace. It is now home to Princess Marie who married Joachim in 2008.

While Joachim and Alexandra married in Frederiksborg Palace Church outside of Copenhagen, Joachim and Marie married at a church close to their palace.

 

Marie and Joachim's wedding day
Marie and Joachim’s wedding day

And the reception was actually held at Schackenborg. Love those floral heart wreaths!

The bride and groom return to their palace (Royal Dish)
The bride and groom return to their palace (Royal Dish)

This portrait of the bride and groom with ether parents was also taken in the palace.

The bridge and groom at home (via )
The bridge and groom at home (via The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendour)

That made me wonder if the monogram on the gates and been updated so I did some digging and sure enough, they did!

via Pinterest
via Pinterest

A few more shots of the palace before we leave. Here’s the whole family together – Princess Marie with tiny Princess Athena, Prince Felix, Prince Nicholai, and Prince Henrik.

Everyone on the floor! (via )
Everyone on the floor! (via Danish Royal Watch)

As I mentioned earlier, Prince Joachim is a partner in a large christmas tree farm on the estate, and so naturally they have to have a big one at the palace each year.

Christmas at the palace (via )
Christmas at the palace (via My Royals Blog)

Similar to Alexandra, Marie also posed by the window.

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via My Royals Blog

I haven’t been to Schackenborg or the surrounding town, but I think it would be fun to check out! How about you – is it on the list?

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