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