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Danish mayor complains at flag-free royal palace

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Danish mayor complains at flag-free royal palace
The Danish flag has never been hoisted at Fredensborg Palace. Photo: Royal Court
17:14 CEST+02:00
A Danish mayor is to complain at the lack of flagpoles at Fredensborg palace, the royal family's autumn retreat, which makes it impossible to fly the beloved Dannebrog.
Patriotic Danes can frequently be seen forlornly scanning the grounds and battlements of the 18th century palace for a glimpse of the flag, but in vain. 
 
Unlike Denmark's other royal residences, such as the Schackenborg Castle, the Amalienborg Palace, and Gråsten Palace, no flag has ever been flown there.
 
Thomas Lykke Pedersen, the mayor of Fredensborg municipality, said he understood local concerns about the lack of flags .
 
“I have have respect for the Royal Court's decisions, but this is something I will raise with the palace's representatives next time I meet with them,” he told the local Helsingør Dagblad newspaper. 
 
Thomas Elgaard Larsen, the deputy mayor of Fredensborg municipality, is leading the campaign to bring flags to the palace. 
 
“I believe it is fitting that the world's most beautiful flag should also be hoisted on the royal residence,” he told the paper. “We should raise the Danish flag as often as possible, so I will ask the palace's representatives for an explanation of why this is not the case at Fredensborg.” 
 
In a statement given to Denmark's TV2 broadcaster, The Royal Court asserted that there was no tradition of flag-raising at the palace. 
 
“No flagpole exists at Fredensborg Palace and there has never been a tradition of raising flags during the Queen's residence at the palace, or at any other occasions,” it said. 
 
 
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