• Stockholm – A City Fit for a Princess

    by  • June 8, 2013 • City Breaks, Culture Breaks, Stockholm • 0 Comments

    Today sees Heads of State and members of European royalty descend on Stockholm for the marriage of Princess Madeleine, fourth in line to the Swedish crown, to her Anglo-American financier beau. The wedding takes place in the Royal Chapel at Stockholm’s baroque Royal Palace, situated in the city’s historic mediaeval heart and one of the largest palaces in Europe. Open to the public, the palace house no less than five museums and visitors can also tour the State Apartments, the Armoury replete with royal costumes and armour and the magnificent Crown Jewels on display in the Treasury.

    Following a carriage procession through the narrow cobbled streets of the capital’s picturesque and atmospheric Old Town, Gamla Stan, set against a sparkling harbour-side backdrop, the newly-weds then make their way by barge across the archipelago to the royal residence and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Drottningholm Palace, situated just outside the city on the island of Lovön, for a lavish evening reception. Built in the 17th century, this is one of Sweden’s best preserved royal palaces and well worth a visit, not least for its stunning architectural detail, but for the 18th-century Court Theatre and Chinese Palace, Kina Slott, that stand in its magnificent grounds.

    Congratulations to the happy couple!

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