The Court

The Court is the term traditionally used for the Royal Family’s administration and household.

The Court is the term traditionally used for the Royal Family’s administration and household and today employs approximately 130 people. The Court consists of employees divided into four royal households. The largest royal households are The Court of HM The Queen and The Court of TRH The Crown Prince and The Crown Princess. In addition to this, there are The Court of TRH Prince Joachim and Princess Marie and The Court of HRH Princess Benedikte.

Get an overview of the various departments of the Royal House in the administrative organizational diagram.


Via the tab page below, you can read about the different departments of the administration in HM The Queen's Household, TRH The Crown Prince and The Crown Princess' Household, TRH Prince Joachim and Princess Marie's Household, HRH Princess Benedikte's Household and external departments. 

The Lord Chamberlain’s Office
The Lord Chamberlain’s Office is the secretariat for HM The Queen. The office is in charge of all the arrangements for official functions, such as state visits at home and abroad, dinners and luncheons, and court ceremonies, including presentation of credentials by ambassadors as well as their farewell audiences. Under the management of the Master of Ceremonies, the Secretariat’s employees carry out detailed planning of the official events.

The Communications Office 
The Communications Department handles tasks for the entire Royal House and is responsible for presentation of the Royal House’s activities through, among other means, the Royal House’s website, annual report and social media and also responsible for communications and media relations. The department is also in charge of tasks in relation to the Royal House’s artworks and inventories. For additional information, see Press.

The Office of Human Resources 
The Personnel Office handles tasks for the entire Royal House and is responsible for duties in the areas of pay and personnel administration, employment law, personnel development and organizational development, cooperation and work environment committees, safety, rental and official residences and data protection. In addition, the Director of Human Resources and HR Services has the overall responsibility for three of the Court’s operational units; The Royal Kitchens, Service and transport and Housecleaning and laundry.

The Office of Treasury
The Office of Treasury handles the overall budgeting, accounts for the Civil List and administration of the royal foundations. The Treasurer is also responsible for all the Monarch’s palaces and properties, IT, security and the Royal Warrants. In addition, the Treasurer has the overall responsibility for two of the Court’s operational units; the Royal Mews and the Royal House’s workshop. 

The Household's Department 
The Household’s Department is responsible for a wide range of functions, including valet service, food and drink service at functions, travel and luggage arrangements, driving, management of wine cellars, cooking and housekeeping. The daily management is carried out by the Master of the Royal Hunt, Chef and Matron within their respective areas of responsibility.

The Royal Mews
The Royal Mews carries out duties for the Royal House and performs the ceremonial driving under the direction of the stable master. The department is in charge of horses, older coaches and horse-drawn vehicles.

Craft Section
The Craft Section is responsible for the functions of the Household Workship. Its personnel include cabinet makers, a painter, a decorator and a dressmaker. The Household Workshop is also at the disposal of external craftsmen hired to perform specific conservation and preservation services. 

The Cabinet Secretariat
The Cabinet Secretariat’s most important task is to assist and advise The Queen in carrying out the duty as head of state. The Cabinet Secretariat thus functions as the connecting link between the government and the Royal House of Denmark and attends to duties particularly related to the lawmaking process, including improvements in the holding of councils of state, formation and reorganization (reshuffling) of governments, and matters that are otherwise dependent upon royal resolution (among other things, appointment and dismissal of certain officeholders and cases regarding pardons). It is also the Cabinet Secretariat that deals with the requests continuously received regarding The Queen’s attendance at particular arrangements and handles contact with The Queen’s patronages. The Cabinet Secretariat is led by the Cabinet Secretary.

The Chapter of the Royal Orders of Chivalry
The Chapter of the Orders manages the daily administration of the Danish royal orders system, which includes the two orders of chivalry – The Order of the Elephant and The Order of Dannebrog – as well as the two royal medals – the medal of merit and the medal of reward. The former is aimed at employees in the public labor market, while the medal of reward can be awarded to employees in the private labor market. The Chapter of the Orders is now an integrated part of the Royal House of Denmark’s administration and has office and working partnership with the Cabinet Secretariat. In addition to 2-3 case officers, the personnel of the Chapter of the Orders include the historiographer of the orders of chivalry and the royal armorist, who is particularly expert in heraldic matters. The Chapter of the Orders is managed by the head of the secretariat on a daily basis.

The Household’s overall management is handled by the Chief of Court of TRH The Crown Prince and The Crown Princess, who is also The Crown Prince Couple’s closest advisor.

The Secretariat carry out the daily administration of the Household, including detailed planning of The Crown Prince Couple’s arrangements, travel, appointments and patronages.

The Service Unit
The Service Unit carry a wide range of service functions, such as the holding of arrangements, attendance, driving, meal service, food preparation and cleaning. The daily management is carried out by the Master of the Royal Household and the Matron of the Royal Household. 

The Personal Assistant assists in the planning of official appointments, patronages, honorary menberships, travel arrangements etc.

The royal household is managed by HRH Princess Benedikte’s private secretary, who assists with arranging official events, trips, meetings and patronages.

Some external entities and persons are attached to the Royal House:

Her Majesty The Queen's Military Household 
The Military Household is an independent institution under the authority of the Ministry of Defence while, at the same time, existing as an integral part of the Royal Household. The Military Household constitutes the formal link between The Queen, the Ministry of Defence and the armed forces. The Chief of the Military Household, who holds the rank of colonel, is The Queen’s advisor on defence matters. He is also responsible for presenting Ministry of Defence matters that require royal assent, for royal visits to the military forces, royal flights, guard duties at the palaces.

The Captain of Her Majesty The Queen's Naval Household 
The Captain is the chief of The Queen’s yacht "Dannebrog" and is Her Majesty's advisor in all maritime and naval matters.

Master of the Royal Hunt 
The Master of the Royal Hunt is the formal link between The Queen and the state forests and organises royal hunts in the state forests.

Chaplain of Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family 
The Queen’s Chaplain-in-Ordinary is in charge of the Royal Family’s personal pastoral care and is also the Royal Family’s private priest.

Palace Superintendents
The superintendents at the Christiansborg and Fredensborg palaces are the connecting links between The Queen and, respectively, the National Museum and the Agency for Culture and Palaces. The superintendent at Christiansborg Palace is also responsible for the Amalienborg mansions.

The Yellow Palace houses parts of The Royal House's administration. Photo: Kongehuset ©
The main staircase in The Yellow Palace. Photo: Kongehuset ©