HM The King’s full-dress uniform

HM The King was, for the first time, attired in the Navy’s full-dress uniform with four stars on the epaulettes (shoulder insignia) when The King was proclaimed from the balcony at Christiansborg Palace on 14 January 2024.

Photo: Keld Navntoft, Kongehuset ©

Among other occasions, The King also wore the full-dress uniform when His Majesty, as Crown Prince, was married in 2004. In connection with the succession of the throne, The King has been appointed to the rank of admiral, among other things. Therefore, the full-dress uniform has been modified for the occasion, which the four stars on the shoulder insignia, among other things, indicate.

On the uniform, The King wore, in addition to the row of medals, the Order of the Elephant in the dove blue ribbon of the order. The Order of the Elephant’s breast star, which is worn uppermost, is of silver with eight rays, with a gilded medallion in the centre containing a cross of silver on a red background surrounded by a silver laurel wreath.  The breast star of the Grand Commander Cross is worn below and is a star of silver with eight rays, covered by a white-enamelled cross with edges in red enamel.

The naval officer’s sabre that The King wore with the uniform belonged to Frederik IX and was given to His Majesty by Queen Ingrid in connection with The King’s appointment to the rank of lieutenant-commander of the Navy reserve in 1997.