Please give a warm welcome to today’s guest author, TripleDuchess! She has graciously written a trip report from her recent voyage to Stockholm in October 2019. Thank you for your time and generosity in sharing with the Handbag Community–we certainly appreciate it! All photos are property of the author.
Me and my big sister put on our blue suede shoes and boarded a plane with the destination Stockholm, Sweden in mid-October. After a couple of hours, we reached the first stop on our journey, The Royal Palace in Stockholm. We went to see the State Apartments, the Royal Armory and the Treasury.
Stockholm Palace or the Royal Palace (Swedish: Stockholms slott or Kungliga slottet) is the official residence and major royal palace of the Swedish monarch (the actual residence of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia is at Drottningholm Palace). Stockholm Palace is located on Stadsholmen, in Gamla stan in the capital, Stockholm. It neighbours the Riksdag building. The offices of the King, the other members of the Swedish Royal Family, and the offices of the Royal Court of Sweden are located here. The palace is used for representative purposes by the King whilst performing his duties as the head of state.
This royal residence has been in the same location by Norrström in the northern part of Gamla stan in Stockholm since the middle of the 13th century when the Tre Kronor Castle was built. In modern times, the name relates to the building called Kungliga Slottet. The palace was designed by Nicodemus Tessin the Younger and was erected on the same place as the medieval Tre Kronor Castle which was destroyed in a fire on 7 May 1697. (Wikipedia)
Sadly, I didn’t have the chance to take any photos inside the representational rooms or State Apartments, since some of them were closed due to an upcoming exhibition. I did manage to sneak a few candid photos of some of the crowns and regalia down in the Treasury!
Crowns of Princes
Crowns of Queens & Heirs
Swedish State Regalia
In the Royal Armory, I was able to take a few photos of two of our old Queens’ wedding gowns. First is from Queen Sofia Magdalena which was made in 1766.
The second wedding gown is that of Queen Lovisa, circa 1850.
On Friday, we hopped on a boat and took a ride out to Drottningholm Palace, the official residence of the King and Queen of Sweden. The Palace is Their Majesties the King and Queen’s permanent home residence. The rooms in the southern wing of the palace are reserved for this purpose. The rest of the palace and grounds are open to the public year round.
The Drottningholm Palace (Swedish: Drottningholms slott) is the private residence of the Swedish royal family. It is located in Drottningholm. Built on the island Lo ön (in Ekerö Municipality of Stockholm County), it is one of Sweden’s Royal Palaces. It was originally built in the late 16th century (editor’s note: by commission of Queen Hedvig Eleonora), it served as a regular summer residence of the Swedish royal court for most of the 18th century. Apart from being the private residence of the Swedish royal family, the palace is a popular tourist attraction. (Wikipedia)
You can read more about Drottningholm Palace by reading the Royal Palaces’ website.