Amalienborg royal courtyard with the statue
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My kingdom for a horse

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The equestrian statue of King Frederik V has pride of place in the centre of Amalienborg Slotsplads. It was created in 1753-74 by French sculptor Jacques François Joseph Saly (1717-1776). The project was initiated by King Frederik V but the Danish Asiatic Company…

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