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Josefine 11-21-2002 06:00 AM

Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm
Drottningholm Palace

Drottningholm Palace has been the home of the Royal Family since 1981.
The name Drottningholm (literally "Queen's Island") originated in the late 16th century, when King Johan III built the first Palace on this site, for his Consort, Queen Katarina Jagellonika. The 16th century Palace was destroyed by fire on 30th December 1661. Earlier that year the Queen Dowager, Hedvig Eleonora, had bought the Palace.

After the fire, the architect Nikodemus Tessin the Elder was commissioned by the Queen Dowager to design a new building, and in 1662 work began on the Palace, as we know it today. At the time, Hedvig Eleonora headed the Regency for the young King Karl XI. The Peace of Westphalia in 1648 had made Sweden one of the most powerful states in Europe, and, according to the contemporary way of looking at things, the Queen, as head of the Government of Sweden, had to be provided with a suitably impressive residence at a convenient distance from the capital

The Palace was also given an exclusive French Baroque park, large parts of which have been preserved. The bronze sculptures in the park are by Adrian de Vries, one of the most eminent sculptors of the Northern European Renaissance. The collection came to Sweden as booty from Prague and from Fredriksborg Palace in Denmark.

Nicodemus Tessin the Elder created a number of interiors, which rank among the foremost in Sweden from the early Baroque of the 1660s and 1670s. They include the monumental staircase, the Ehrenstrahl Drawing Room and, not least, Hedvig Eleonora's State Bedchamber. Following the death of Tessin the Elder in 1682, his son Nicodemus Tessin the Younger carried on and completed the great project. Karl XI's gallery, for example, dates from this period.

Drottningholm remained the residence of the royal ladies, and in 1744 it was given as a wedding present to Princess Lovisa Ulrika of Prussia, on her marriage to the Swedish heir apparent, Adolf Fredrik. Lovisa Ulrika's time at Drottning-holm became a golden age of the arts. Some of the interiors of the Palace - Lovisa Ulrika's Green Antechamber, for example - were redecorated in a French-inspired Rococo style.

Many of the leading scientists of the age gathered at Drottningholm. Carl von Linné (Linnaeus) worked here, cataloguing the royal collections' "natural objects". Lovisa Ulrika's library stands out as a brilliant memento of the period, which also saw the creation of the famous Drottningholm Court Theatre

Drottningholm was purchased by the State in 1777, becoming the home of Gustav III. The great romantic "English Park" still surrounding the Baroque Palace and the French formal garden was created at this time.

Josefine 01-31-2003 03:14 PM

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Helen88 09-05-2003 06:03 PM

In which part does the family live?
Are there pictures from the inside?

ficciones 09-05-2003 07:25 PM

A guide to Stockholm with a diagram of the palace says that the family's apartments are in the west wing facing the formal gardens, not the lake.

Yennie 09-06-2003 07:08 AM

The family lives in the wing close to the water

Helen88 09-06-2003 01:44 PM

That doesnt seem to big then...How many sqmetres do they have...? Does anyone know? I heard about 22 rooms.

Alva 09-07-2003 01:58 PM

I have read somewhere that CP Victoria has her own appartment of 3 rooms and a kitchen in the same wing, with one (parttime?) servant/ maid to cook and clean and so on for her.

Yennie 09-07-2003 05:36 PM

Yes its true that Victoria lives in an own apartment. So does Madeleine and Carl Philip but they live in the actual palace. Victorias apartment is in a smaller house close to the palace. I don´t know if you can see it on the pictures...
Dont know for sure if she has any servants.
I doubt she has one... maybe someone who clean the apartment and things like that, but she´s said that she likes to eat breakfast on her own and that she enjoys having friends over for dinner.

Lena 09-07-2003 07:08 PM

I wonder how much she still is in her "apartment". She travels a lot, and I guess, when she´s at home she´s rather at Daniel´s home :P

Yennie 09-08-2003 07:54 AM

Yeah, she probobly spends a lot of time with Daniel in his apartment. Just like Madeleine and Carl Philip spends most of their time with Jonas and Emma.

Looks like the royal couple is all alone at Drottningholm now :P

hrhcp 11-14-2003 07:06 PM

I toured the east half of Drottningsholm Palace that is open to the tourists and was struck by how thick the walls are between the rooms.

On closer inspection, a number of walls at the doors into the rooms had their own doors .... for servant's use I suppose? ... or for inquisitive paparazzi ?

Helen88 11-16-2003 03:20 PM

Are there any plans of Drottningholm? I saw some pictures on old books (1980, 1981) where Silvia was holding plans of Drottningholm.

kelly9480 12-25-2003 06:55 PM

Does the standard fly at Drottningholm when CG is in the country? When he is in residence at the Palace (meaning that's where he comes home every night, rather than another residence)? Or only when he is in the building?

GrandDuchess 07-07-2004 04:30 PM

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From Corbis:

Golden Gateway Ornamentation
Chinese Painting
Chinese Pavilion
The Drottningholm Theater stage
Room With Painted Ceiling
Chinese Style Interior Room
A bell tower projects from the roof of the Chinese Pavilion
A blanket of snow covers gardens surrounding the Chinese Pavilion
Aerial View

From the Drottningholm Palace broschure:

DKgirls 08-17-2004 09:16 AM

Wow, it all looks great!

We visited the Royal Palace in Stockholm and Drottningholm this summer when we were in Sweden and really liked it! We were inside of Drottningholm and it was so exciting :)

Josefine 12-08-2004 06:07 AM

thabk you for the photos.

i would like to know if there is a church in drottningholm castle as it is one iin the royal palace

Yennie 12-08-2004 08:36 AM

Yes, there is a church at Drottningholm. On christmas day the royal family goes to the mass(sp?) there.

this is what it says on

Slottskyrkan invigdes i maj 1746. Under kyrkans drygt 250-åriga historia har det kontinuerligt hållits förrättningar. Slottskyrkan används idag av Lovö församling som håller högmässa sista söndagen varje månad.

GrandDuchess 12-21-2004 05:18 AM

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My pictures of the palaces I visited this past summer and then added pictures off are taking a bit much of my bandwidth at Photobucket. I will let the broschure and Corbis pics be in my earlier posts be, but I will now re-post the pictures I took myself of the palaces as attachments.

My pictures of Drottningholm Palace from 7 July 2004 - Part 1:

GrandDuchess 12-21-2004 05:21 AM

10 Attachment(s)
My pictures of the palaces I visited this past summer and then added pictures off are taking a bit much of my bandwidth at Photobucket. I will let the broschure and Corbis pics be in my earlier posts be, but I will now re-post the pictures I took myself of the palaces as attachments.

My pictures of Drottningholm Palace from 7 July 2004 - Part 2:

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