Christian Den Fjerdes Laug


Many new guild membersMany new members in the old Guild.

558 persons from 17 different countries. That’s the number of new members initiated by Christian The Fourth´s Guild in 2010. This was announced by Chief Bencher Niels Voss Hansen at the Guild´s traditional, annual Guild Meeting on Wednesday 23rd of February in Aalborg.

The new members come from countries like Ukraine and Bosnia-Herzegovina, but also many Norwegians and of course many Danes are among the newly admitted members.

On the 7th of June the Oslo branch visited the Guild, and the same day the new dress uniforms were presented in the old City Hall. In connection with the 4th of July festivities USA´s ambassador Laurie S. Fulton, CEO Ditlev Engel from Vestas and the youth speaker Marianne Lubanski were taken up as new members.

October 19th the Guild travelled to Oslo where an initiation was performed in Oslo Military Society.

2010 also presented a rare anniversary when Karen Wøhlk - a long-time member of the Guild - celebrated her 100 years birthday. A delegation from the Guild visited her on her big day and presented her with a bottle of Guild bitter to the tune of a trumpet solo.

The Chief Bencher told the assembly that the Guild in the last year - due to the financial crisis - had lost some of its sponsors and the economy was furthermore negatively affected by an increase in the rent and by a renewal of the Guild´s website.

The Guild Meeting in Duus´ Wine Cellar in Jens Bangs Stonehouse was attended by 200 members and following the Chief Benchers statement a number of prizes and economical “pats on the shoulder” were distributed.

Kathrine Størup Thomsen and Helge W. Larsen from the 4th of May College got such a pat on the shoulder. The prize for “Soldier of the Year” went to sergeant Kim Næsager Dalum from the Medical Company of the 1. Logistic Battalion - mainly because he as instructor and leader is “extremely committed and motivating”.

The 2010 Fanfare Prize went to the chief coach for Aalborg Boldklub´s men´s hand-ball team, Peter Bredsgaard-Larsen, who led the team to victory in the Danish National Championship in 2010 and made Aalborg known world-wide through his job as assistant coach for the Danish National Team at the World Hand-Ball Games.

The Prize of Honour was donated to the author Ib Skovfoged Laursen who among other things are known and highly praised for his books based on local historical themes.  

His Royal majestyThe board has decided that from 2011 we will as far as possible send all our mail as e-post. The reason for this is the steadily increasing prices of both printing and mailing this newsletter and other correspondence. To ensure the change will be a success we need the support of our members in Denmark as well as abroad.

When we introduced the lifelong membership the purpose was that the yield from our capital should be used for charitable purposes through donations from Christian The Fourth’s Guild’s Foundation. But the yield from the capital has – due mainly to the global financial crisis – diminished considerably during the last few years. If this trend continues, without us taking countermeasures, our ability to donate money to deserving charitable organisations and persons will decrease. That is why we will try to cut down our mailing expenses by using e-post and publish the newsletter on our website. You can sign up for electronic reception of the newsletter and other mail from the Guild on this link: Here you must print membership number, name and e-mail address. You can see your membership number on newsletter 2011. Signing up for electronic reception of the newsletter will ensure a faster, better and more economical information. If you still want to receive the newsletter by ordinary mail you are kindly requested to inform us by writing to Christian Den Fjerdes Laug, 1644, DK, 9100 Aalborg. With this initiative and the members help the board hopes to maintain the present level of donations to charitable purposes – and possible increase both the size and number of donations.

The board of Christian The Fourth's Guild


New dress uniformOn Monday the 7th of June 2010 the members of the board wore the new outfit officially for the first time.

In 1988 the board-members of the C4-Guild got their first dress-uniform to indicate who they were and where they came from. Those first uniforms were sponsored by Sparekassen Nordjylland – a local bank which is now called SPAR NORD. Since then our dress-uniform has been a dark blue blazer with a golden C4-crest on the breast-pocket, tie with the C4-logo and grey trousers.

Our new dress-uniform consists of a plum coloured blazer with a golden C4-crest on the breast-pocket, black tie with a golden C4-logo and black trousers.

On Monday the 7th of June 2010 the members of the board wore this new outfit officially for the first time. With the Guild-troubadours in front of the procession they marched from Jens Bang´s Stonehouse to the Guilds ceremonial tree at the old town hall, where speeches were given by chief-bencher Niels Voss Hansen, followed by 1. vice-mayor Helle Frederiksen and the managing director of SPAR NORD, Henrik Schou. The latter two representing the sponsors: The City Council of Aalborg, SPAR NORD and “Kejserens Klæder” (The Emperors Clothes, the local tailorshop, which has delivered the new dress-uniforms).

The Guild-troubadour Per Iversen played a tune on the lure (the old Viking wind-instrument) and everybody toasted in the beverage most preferred by the Guild – beer.

The ceremony – at which 7 members of the Guild’s Norwegian branch in Oslo were present – was followed by an initiation in Duus’ Wine Cellar. 

Photo: Jens Morten

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Queen magretheThe Danish royal family – and above all Her Majesty the Queen – are the most distinuished members of Christian The Fourth´s Guild, and all of them have after their initiation been appointed honorary members.

Their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Mary and Princess Marie have not yet been initiated, but in the Guild we are all hoping for that to happen soon.

The Guild as a rule always sends presents to members of the royal family on special occasions, and of course the Queen also received a present on her 70th birthday on April the 16th 2010.

The Guild has had produced new carafes of honour to use for special presents. Such a carafe with an inscription was sent to Her Majesty. On top of the carafe you see the logo ”C4 Laug” and below that are 3 lines engraved with the text


The carafe was of course accompanied by a bottle of ”Laugsbitter” and a card of congratulations from the Guild, signed by the Chief Bencher, Niels Voss Hansen.

The carafes are crafted by the glass artist Lene Højlund from Aalborg. The glass of the carafes is decorated with a pattern, which is incisions made while the glass was beeing blown. The inscription is engraved by the firm A.M. Gravering in Nørresundby.

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65 yars anniversaryThe 16 th of December 2007 the Guild has existed 65 years. It was established in 1942 during WW 2 while Denmark was occupied. The purpose of the Guild was to secure the cellar - Duus´ Wine Cellar - as a meeting place for only Danish citizens. The occupation forces had grown very fond of the charming and impressive premises. By establishing the Guild as a club and add a rule according to which only club members - by presenting a membership card - could gain access to the cellar, the occupation forces and their followers were prevented from access.

After the war ended in 1945 the Guild felt that its purpose had been fulfilled. But the City Council of Aalborg asked the Guild to continue the tradition and welcome the citizens of Aalborg as well as people visiting Aalborg and initiate them into the Guild.

During the 65 years more than 22,000 named persons have been initiated. In the last time of the war the cellar was bombed by some nazi sympathizers. The board then had made an “secret passage” to the cellar, and since then alle members of the Guild has received a golden key to this discreet back entrance. During the 65 years 22.117 golden keys have been produced.  

 Photo: Jens Morten

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