As we were walking around town on a Sunday morning near Kultorvet we heard a band playing music on the streets.
It was actually part of the Changing of Guard ceremony. What's interesting about it is that there several types of ceremonies depending on whether the Queen is at home or not. As it happened that day, she was home!
The changing of the guards takes place everyday whatever the weather might be like in Copenhagen. While guards change position every two hours in front of the Queen's Palace called Amalienborg, the most interesting for visitors is the changing of the entire guard at noon, when the guards are relieved by new guards coming from Rosenborg Castle. This event is called "Vagtparade" in Danish (which means Guard Parade).
Amalienborg Royal Palace is not one but four palaces on a square. Each one now belongs to a member of the family. The four buildings were built by noble families in the 18th century on direct orders by the King Frederik V who moved there in 1794. The building is considered to be one of the great masterpieces of Rococo architecture in Europe. The statue in the middle of
the square (video 3) was sculptured by the French artist Saly.
When HM the Queen is in residence, the ceremony is called The King's Guard (Kongevagt) and the guards are accompanied by the Royal Guards music band. The route, that starts at 11:31 at the barracks, goes: Rosenborggade, Købmagergade, Østergade, Kongens Nytorv, Bredgade, Sct. Annæ Plads, Amaliegade, and Amalienborg.
If one of the Royal Princes is residing at the palace in the capacity of regents, the parade is called The Lieutenant's Guard, and drums and flutes will be heard.
In other cases (when the palace is not inhabited or the princes are at home but not in the capacity of regent) the Guards march
through Copenhagen without music accompaniment, and the route is shorter. This watch is called The Manor's Guard.
Now you know everything there is to know about Changing of Guard.