|Högvakten protecting the palace|
My brother tells a merry tale about trying to see the changing of the guard at Stockholm's Tre Kronor palace. Traffic was miserable, and parking non-existent in the old town area of the city.
He finally had to let the kids out of the car to see the guards just so they could have the experience, and park many blocks away - barely making it back on time to see the end of the ceremony.
Usually saying the 'changing of the guard' evokes images of the red coats and tall hats of the Queen of England's Buckingham Palace Coldstream guards. In Sweden the palace is guarded by a royal guard comprised of members of the Swedish Armed Forces called the Högvakten.
The actual residence of the King and Queen is at a palace named Drottningholm.
Don't you wish you could say that? Yes, this place that I live in, that's just my "official" residence. My actual home is a castle...
The Stockholm Palace is located on an island in the old town, or Gamla Stan part of Stockholm. It was originally called "Tre Kronor" or 3 crowns, because of its towers. Although the towers all burned down in a terrific fire in the 1600s, and the 'new' building doesn't have towers at all, the name stuck.
|The Royal Palace in Stockholm from the neighboring church|
There has been a royal palace or fortress here at this site since the 13th century. The original fortress was built to defend lake Mälaren.
|The Royal Palace seen from behind|
|The Bernadotte Gallery|
He initially brought his wife, Désirée, with him. She was never particularly happy in Sweden and found excuses to return to her native France, but their son Oscar considered himself Swedish and founded the Bernadotte line that still rules Sweden.
|Désirée Clary |
She was the daughter of a Marseilles merchant family
The offices of the King, the other members of the Swedish Royal Family, and the offices of the Royal Court of Sweden are located in the Stockholm Palace.
|The King's Council Chamber|
|The Meleagers Salon|
|The Salon of Pillars|
All I can think of, looking at these pictures, is (1) how many people it would take to keep this palace with its 1,430 rooms maintained and (2) what great parties we could have here!
Hope you've enjoyed seeing these glimpses of a Swedish Royal Palace!