Each time a family member visits Stockholm I bring them to Drottningholm – both a tourist site and home to the Swedish king and queen for part of the year. Before it was called home to the royal family, but since all three children are now adults and married, they have all moved out of the palace on Lovön in Bromma.
Back in 2006, when I had a lot of time in my hands, I used to walk in the park and forest surrounding the palace. In the spring and summer I saw a snake and deer there, which was quite surprising since Bromma is part of the city, Stockholm.
I brought my good Omani friend Mukhtar there, too, in 2007. We pushed him and his wheelchair on the grass and later realized how much bird droppings got stuck on the wheels of the chair. Poor Mukhtar, but he didn’t lose his humor. We helped him clean the wheels, of course.
In July 2017, my cousin and aunt went into the palace on their own, since we were pretty much tired of seeing the place.
Here are some interesting things to see and mention:
- the bedchamber of Hedvig Eleonora is the country’s most expensive baroque interior. A room fit for a queen known for her beauty and leadership. She was also known to be a patroness of the theater, and loved gambling and parties (oops! a little bit like Marie Antoinette, not that I have anything against the wildly popular/impopular french queen. In fact I am currently consuming a documentary and reading a book about Marie Antoinette, and I actually dig her. She was misunderstood, just like many happy-go-lucky self-confident girls normally are degraded by unhappy, envious old fools.)
- the library reminds me of the library in “Beauty and the beast”. Huge and glittering gold! If Imelda Marcos has an enviable collection of shoes, then Queen Lovisa Ulrika’s collection of 2000 books is to drool over! The bulk of it has been transferred to the Royal Library in Stockholm though, for safekeeping.
- Drottningholms slottsteater – there are performances here in the summer. The theater uses 18th-century machinery. Fabulous. I love old, luxurious culture stuffs that lean and creak.
Drottningholms teatermuseum – I regret not having seen this with my Filipino family. Next time, I should! Because it is the oldest theater in the world that is still in its original state! (Aaah! That’s the sound of me being hysterical).
- Chinese palace, a Chinese pavilion built by the king as a birthday surprise for the queen. Kinda reminds me of David Beckham giving Victoria a vineyard for a present.
July 2016 is the third time that my Filipino family has visited. They will visit again in July 2017. So I am looking forward to bringing them there – again.
PS Thanks Yay and Dana for Tuwa’s lovely dress!
Here’s my old blog with more pictures of Drottningholm: