National Geographic : 1963 Jan
National Geographic, January, 1963 dren's playground, boat rides, Ferris wheel, roller coaster, Fun House, and flower-decked bowers for just sitting (painting, pages 60-61). In Tivoli's 119 years, some 150 million per sons have passed through its gates; on one memorable day 112,802 people crowded into the colorful park. Most have been convinced that no other fun fair equals this. British statesman Herbert Morrison had such a good time there that he coined a verb for it: "to tivolate." Royalty Joins People at Tivoli Copenhageners like to tivolate so much that, in April, they queue up by thousands to buy season tickets. Those getting low-num bered cards feel specially honored. Having heard that the royal family were regular patrons of Tivoli, I asked Managing Director Henning Spager if the first five sea son tickets went to King Frederik IX, Queen Ingrid, and the Princesses Margrethe, Ben edikte, and Anne-Marie. "No," said Mr. Spager, "the King asks no favors. He sends a man over from Amalien borg, and the messenger stands in line like everybody else." On a Sunday night my wife and I were fin ishing dinner at Belle Terrasse, one of Tivoli's 23 restaurants, when we noticed a mild flurry at the entrance. The headwaiter wore an air of alert expectancy, and soon a tall, broad shouldered man and a slim, handsome wom an appeared with Mr. S0ager. The King and his Swedish-born Queen had come to Belle Terrasse for a late supper. The younger princesses, Benedikte and Anne Marie, had gone off to stand in line for a Fer ris wheel ride. As the King and Queen walked to their table, several diners looked up and smiled, but nobody stood or otherwise ac knowledged that royalty was present. "That's the way the King and Queen want it," Mr. S0ager told us later. Beneath the tinsel of Tivoli lies a real world of gate receipts, expenditures, and balance sheets. A board of directors guides the park's (Continued on page 71) GEOGRAPHICSOCIETY Cartful of Kids Heads for Day Nursery To safeguard the well being of children, Danish families receive tax relief, cash, and rent deductions. The municipality helps care for youngsters from broken homes, and main tains recreation centers for after-school hours of children of working par ents. Street sign prohibits parking in this block. Flower-bright balconies of the Vestersphus over look lakes near down town Copenhagen. High rise apartment houses have been built in all sections of the city since World War II. The city owns and operates sever al buildings for the aged.