Thursday, February 24, 2022

The Greater Arms of Denmark in Kronborg Castle

Not surprisingly, after finding several depictions of the lesser arms of Denmark at Kronborg Castle in Helsingør, I also found the greater arms of Denmark there.

Surprisingly, they were found in the gift shop!

And here they are, available for purchase, on a small shield, on display and surrounded by great helms.

We have seen this particular version of the greater arms of Denmark before. See, for example, my post of July 19, 2021, from Frederiksborg Castle, at

I have to admit, I was somewhat tempted to purchase this shield, but I wasn't sure how well it would survive the trip back home jammed into my suitcase, and besides, we were already spending a fair bit of money in the gift shop on Hamlet-related items, like the throw pillow cover of a skull wearing a crown (made in France!) and a fabric Christmas tree ornament of Hamlet holding a skull in one of his hands. ("Alas, poor Yorick!")

Plus, I'm not sure where I would have hung it here in the house even if it had survived the trip home. I mean, there's only so much room on the walls for heraldry, and they're all pretty well covered with arms as it is.

Still, it was tempting, though I managed to manfully resist it.

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