Monday, July 19, 2021

These Doors Are MY Doors, That Door Is YOUR Door

Wending our way upstairs at Frederiksborg Castle (and if you have the opportunity to visit the Castle, you should go upstairs!), we find more examples of Royal arms. Here, the arms surmount three doorways in a room.

Here we have the greater arms of Denmark, topped with the elephant of the Order of the Elephant:

And here's a closer view of of the greater arms of Denmark:

Over another doorway, we have the lesser arms of Denmark, also topped by the elephant:

And here's a close-up:

And finally, over another doorway, we have the arms of the Queen, Anne Catherine of Brandenburg:

And again, a close-up:

(I'm having this uncontrollable urge to start singing to the tune of Loch Lomond: "You take the King's doors, and I'll take the Queen's door, And I'll be in Denmark afore you." I'm trying to stifle it, I really am, but I don't know how long I can hold out. It's probably best if you go ahead and leave now. Unless, of course, it's already too late, and you've got the tune running in your head like an earworm. If that is the case, I am truly sorry. But now you know what it feels like sometimes to be me.)

Anyway, earworms or not, these heraldic panels are a great display of heraldry, and have me thinking, "Hey, I have two doorways in my office. I wonder if I could/should do something like this over them with my own arms.

You might look about your own home to see if you have any doorways in your home that might benefit from this kind of adornment. Just a suggestion.

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