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Queen Silvia says Drottningholm Palace haunted by “friendly ghosts”

In a documentary by SVT, Queen Silvia of Sweden has said that she believes her home of Drottningholm Palace is haunted by “friendly ghosts.”


Drottningholm Palace, Sweden. Photo: Hasse Wester, The Royal Court, Sweden

While these ghosts may not be Casper seen in films, Her Majesty explained that they make a person feel as though they are never alone. She said, “There’s a lot of history here. There are small friends, ghosts. They’re all very friendly, but you sometimes feel that you’re not completely alone.”

She added that it is “really exciting, but you don’t get scared.”

Queen Silvia made these comments while being interviewed for a documentary about the palace. She invited people to visit and see for themselves, “Come and feel it for yourself, go around here when it is dark and the like. It’s very exciting.”

She also said, “Imagine what they could tell?”

The documentary “Drottningholm Palace – A Royal Home” will air in Sweden Thursday on SVT. Crown Princess Victoria and King Carl XVI Gustaf will also appear on the programme.

Drottningholm Palace, The Staircase. Photo: Alexis Daflos, The Royal Court, Sweden

The Queen was not the only Swedish royal who believes ghosts roam the palace. Her sister-in-law, Princess Christina said, “Of course it is. There are ghosts in all old houses…There is much energy in this house. It would be strange if it didn’t express itself in the form of sounds and shapes.

“There are stories about ghosts in all old houses. They have been filled with people over the centuries.

“The energies remain.”

Royal Chapel of Drottningholm. Photo: Alexis Daflos, Royal Court, Sweden

Drottningholm Palace was the first Swedish attraction put UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1991. It is the private residence of the King and Queen on the island Lovön, where they live in the southern wing.

The Swedish Royal Court describes it this way on their website, “It is the most well-preserved royal castle built in the 1600s in Sweden and at the same time is representative of all European architecture for the period.”

Drottningholm is a popular tourist attraction where visitors can tour the other parts of the palace and gardens year round. If you wish to make a visit to Drottningholm in Sweden, you can find more information here and here. You can purchase your tickets online for tours here.

Featured Image Photo: Bengt Nyman (CC BY-SA 4.0) via Wikimedia Commons

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