Trudging inside the Stockholm Royal Palace was like walking into a dream. Unrolling history, as it would its red carpet, this splendid, Royal Estate had me experience Swedish antiquity at its best. Presently owned by the National Property Board of Sweden, SRP is governed, by the Governor of the Royal Palaces. With it’s ongoing – whopping $77 million renovations, SRP will be redesigning its 1,440 rooms. A leisurely walk inside the property revealed the grandeur of its staterooms and the Bernadotte Apartments. Best was when I visited the Bernadotte Library boasting over 100K works from the Royal Book Collection.
With a purchase of a single adult ticket to the Stockholm Royal Palace, I also got complimentary access to the Royal Chamber, Three Kronor Museum, Treasury and the Antiquities Museum. Each worth a visit! For SEK 180 ( INR 1400) plus SEK 20 (for a guided tour) here’s what I tracked down. As I arrived at the Stockholms Slott, I inferred that it’s composed to outstretch from the Northeast wing on the right towards the South-bent on the left. The outer courtyard ringingly magnifies the grandeur of the Stockholm Palace. Exteriors are cloaked under sandstone bricks with a classic topping of copper. The Royal Palace of Stockholms Slott is predominantly marked, by a stone-balustrade on the main wall. The interiors are just as splendid! Within the bounds, the floors are put-apart to render rooms, stairwells, closets, cellar, prisons and vaults.
Essentially, the prison area is the remnant of the Tre Kronor Castle. Sprawling across a mezzanine floor, the ground floor of the Palace is its largest arcade. To explore the staterooms, Vita Havet Ballroom, Cabinet room and Prince Bertil’s Apartment, I surmounted, to the second floor. Each evoked an 18th-century spectre, of the official residence of the Swedish monarch. By and by, the interiors are a lavish display of ceilings outlined with a myriad of tales, antique clocks, grand chandeliers, extravagant furniture, tapestries and so on. At the Royal Apartments, the treasury and Gustav III’s bedroom chamber, is where I spotted, the utmost sovereign luxuries.
It’s impossible to not get mesmerised, by the Royal Scepter, the sparkling jewels, Gustav’s sword, antique art, and King Erik’s and Lovisa Ulrika’s crowns. Sauntering across facades coated with 17th-century Baroque pilasters, and decorated with statues, reliefs, and herms – I finally exited the Palace gate. I was in luck to spot a Royal Guard fencing the Palace, however, missed the ‘change of guard’ ceremony. Regardless, I bid adieu, to Stockholm Royal Palace, with a promise to return soon.