During the German occupation of Denmark, King Christian, disturbed by the sight of a Nazi flag flying over a Danish public building, called the German commandant to demand that the flag be taken down. The commandant refused. "Then a soldier will go and take it down," the king declared. "He will be shot," the commandant replied. "I think not," said the king, "for I shall be the soldier!"
[The flag was taken down; Christian was subsequently imprisoned.]