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Denmark

Queen Margrethe appoints new Lord Chamberlain


By Johannes Jansson/norden.org, CC BY 2.5 dk, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24986689

The Danish Royal Court has announced that Denmark will have a new Lord Chamberlain. Kim Kristensen will take on the position after current chamberlain, Michael Ehrenreich, decided to retire from his post after six years of service. Michael Ehrenreich has chosen to arrange his departure so that his successor has time to plan for the 50th jubilee of The Queen’s reign in 2022.

Queen Marrgethe has expressed her warmest appreciation for Michael Ehrenreich’s attention to his duties as Lord Chamberlain. At the same time, The Queen has decorated Michael Ehrenreich with the Grand Cross of the Order of Dannebrog.

Her Majesty Queen Margrethe has named the Royal Danish House’s master of ceremonies, chamberlain Kim Kristensen, as the new Lord Chamberlain effective 1 April 2021. The new Lord Chamberlain, Kim Kristensen, has been the Royal Danish master of ceremonies since 2012 and, at that time, came from a position as defence attaché in Paris. Previously in his career, Kim Kristensen was the adjutant for the Queen and Prince Henrik, chief of staff of the Danish battalion in Kosovo, and chief of the Danish Force in Afghanistan. Kim Kristensen comes from the small Danish city of Vordingborg, he is married to Tine Kristensen and they have two sons together. In 2009, he was named Leader of the Year in Denmark and he has written several books on modern leadership.

The Lord Chamberlain of Denmark is the highest office of the Royal Household in Denmark and the most distinguished of the Chamberlains of the Royal Household. The title corresponds to the British title, Lord Chamberlain of the Household. The title gives precedence in the First Class in the Danish order precedence, and the bearer is thus entitled to the style “His Excellency”.

Being the Lord Chamberlain can be compared to being the CEO of a company. In this case, the company is the Royal House, which employs about 130 people. The Lord Chamberlain maintains close contact with Queen Margrethe about the court’s daily administration and is in charge of this year’s major events.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.