The life-size bronze equestrian statue of King Christian IX, in Christiansborg Palace’s inner courtyard, was created by Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen.

The sculptor sought throughout the country for the right horse to stand as a model, but finally found it in Hanover in Germany. This gave rise to a good deal of displeasure among Danish horse breeders.

The statue took a long time to complete and was only unveiled in 1927, 21 years after the king’s death.