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Swedish Royal Family has secret room at Stockholm train station

While walking through Stockholm Central Station, you would not notice that there is a secret room where the Swedish Royal Family and their close friends and family are able to wait in private before boarding their train. The room, accessible through a side entrance, has been dubbed one of Sweden’s most secret rooms.

It does not get as much use as it used to, as the Royal Family rarely now uses trains as forms of transportation. The last members of the family to utilise the private room were Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel in 2011 when they made their first official visit to Ockelbo.

Sweden’s Aftonbladet visited the space recently saying the only giveaway is one crown over the door that many would not notice as they are rushing to board their trains.

Stockholm Central Station Photo: Arild Vågen (CC BY-SA 3.0) via Wikimedia Commons

Built in 1871, the “Väntsalen” has several paintings adorning the walls of the Swedish royal residences which include Haga Palace and Drottningholm Palace. They also contain the three Swedish crowns in gold as borders on the walls. A crystal chandelier hangs from the ceiling while the room has sofas for relaxation made by Carl Malmsten. It contains private bathrooms and separate rooms for the King and Queen, with the Queen’s being the smaller of the two. Outside noise from the train station does not travel inside.

As the room is no longer in real use by the Royal Family, it is being used for charitable means. Stockholm Central Station is operated by government enterprise Jernhusen AB. A visit to the room for a group of up to 20 people was auctioned in benefit of Music Assistance. The auction ended on Sunday morning after 176 bids came in with the unknown winner pledging SEK 6100.

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