Drottningholm Palace

Before arriving in the city-center of Stockholm, we made a stop at the royal summer palace of Drottningholm (“Queen’s Island”).  Queen Hedvig Eleonora, the widow of Karl X Gustav commissioned architect Nicodemus Tessin the Elder to design the royal palace.  There was another palace on the grounds prior to Queen Hedvig but a fire broke out in 1661 completely destroying it.  Since that time the Swedish royal family has expanded and renovated the palace & grounds. 

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Christian & I took a self-guided tour through the palace using this book that we purchased.  It has a lot of information on the history of the palace, as well as information about each of the rooms that we went through.

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As we were exiting the palace, we got a chance to see the changing of the guards.

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We didn’t walk through the extensive gardens, as it was later in the afternoon & we wanted to get to the city-center & see a little of Stockholm that evening.


After our visit I was obsessed with looking up information about the current Swedish royals!  I already knew everything about William & Kate but not too much about Victoria, Madeleine & Philip!

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