The new portrait of the Danish Royal Family is entitled “The Royal Family” and is painted by the Danish painter Thomas Kluge. “The Royal Family” is the first royal family portrait in Danish history since Laurits Tuxen’s “Fredensborg painting” (x), portraying King Christian IX and Queen Consort Louise with their family.
“The Royal Family” has been painted over four years and portrays Queen Margrethe II and Prince Consort Henrik with their sons, daughter in laws and grandchildren in the Garden Room at Fredensborg Palace. The royal family is portrayed in the same place as in Tuxen’s “Fredensborg Picture”, just as the rococo sofa Queen Margrethe and Prince Consort are sitting on is the same that is portrayed in Tuxen’s painting from the 1880’s.
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary stands on the left in the painting in front of the ruins of the Roman arches. It symbolizes that they are a city family. Joachim and Marie is on the far right in the painting, even though the background is a little dark behind them, they symbolize that they are the rural part of the royal family.
Prince Christian stands serious and stiff in the center of the painting. It symbolizes that he is the one who has the responsibility of carrying on the royal family and the monarchy.
Of the 14 members of the royal family members in the painting, it is only Prince Christian, Queen Margrethe and Crown Prince Frederik, who looks directly at the spectator. This is a symbol that it’s this trio who are the most important members in the family.
Prince Joachim and Countess Alexandra’s divorce is symbolized in the building of the big lego tower. It symbolizes that Prince Joachim and Countress Alexandra’s family was broken down, but that the family now is rebuilt.
Princess Marie looks down at her daughter, Princess Athena, with an almost Madonna-like expression. In the painting you also see Crown Princess Mary carrying Princess Josephine while she tenderly looks to left at Prince Vincent on Crown Prince Frederik’s arm. It symbolizes that Mary is both a mother of four, and the country’s future queen.
The painter Thomas Kluge and his wife can also be seen in the painting. His wife is portrayed as a small figure in a green dress in the background of the painting. Kluge is the man holding her hand. They are portrayed as they were portrayed in his portrait of his own family (x).