Stockholm Palace is the official residence of the Swedish monarch located on Stadsholmen in Stockholm, Sweden. Also called the Royal Palace, it serves a representative purpose for the King as he performs his duties as the head of state. His actual family residence is at Drottningholm Palace. As one of the Royal Palaces, the Stockholm Palace contains the offices of the Swedish Royal Family as well as the other members of the Royal Court of Sweden.
Stockholm Palace History
The Stockholm Palace has remained at the same location it currently stands on since the middle of the 13th century. The palace was built on the same place as the Tre Konor Castle, which was destroyed by fire in 1697. Construction of the Stockholm Palace began just soon after, which was designed by Nicodemus Tessin the Younger. Construction of the palace was halted due to the Great Northen War in 1700. Work on the palace did not resume until 1727. On the following year, Tessin the Younger died. Carl Harleman took his place and was largely credited for the Rococo interiors of the palace. By 1754, the palace was ready for use, although interior work proceeded until the 1770’s. There were no major conversions made on the palace since it was completed aside from the renovation and modernization of interiors and repair to the facade.
Stockholm Palace Features
Stockholm Palace is a Baroque designed palace made out of brick, sandstone and stone. As of 2009, the palace consists of 1,430 total rooms, 660 of which have windows. The palace contains apartments for the Royal families as well as apartments for representations and guests during festivities. Other features of the palace include the Hall of State, the Royal Chapel, the Treasury with the Regalia of Sweden and the Royal Armoury, which is now a museum. There is also the Tre Konor Museum, which is located at the remaining cellar vaults belonging to the former castle. The palace also houses the Bernadotte Library.
Stockholm Palace also houses the Royal Court of Sweden with offices at the palace for around 200 employees. The palace is owned by the State of Sweden via the National Property Board, which is tasked of maintaining and managing the palace.