Press Release: Salute Firing

His Royal Highness Prince Henrik died on Tuesday 13 February 2018.

A mourning salute will take place tomorrow at 8.00am. The mourning salute will be carried out from the Sixtus Battery on Holmen in Copenhagen and from the cannons at Kronborg Castle in Helsingør. The Navy’s Military Police Guard on Holmen will fire the cannons at the Sixtus Battery, and soldiers from the Artillery Unit at Oksbøl will fire the cannons at Kronborg Castle.

The salute consists of three times 27 shots, which are fired at 30-second intervals (approx. 40 minutes). Seen historically, during Danish warfare, the “dansk løsen” consisting of three shots was fired to indicate the placement of the Danish units. The mourning salute has its roots in the “dansk løsen”, and therefore there is a tradition that it can be divided into three.


Lene Balleby
Director of Communications