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The most important test of all: "The Balmoral Test"

Located in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is Balmoral Castle, a favourite of the Royal Family for over a century. While it is widely known as a favourite of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, it’s also known for its “Balmoral Test.” Essentially, it’s known as an unofficial “royal initiation.” As depicted on the second episode of series four of Netflix’s…
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Rosendal Palace: from the first to the last Bernadotte

Rosendal Palace is one of the lesser-known royal buildings in Sweden, but that doesn’t mean it is less spectacular.  Located on the island of Djurgården, in central Stockholm, it was erected between 1823 and 1827 for King Karl XIV Johan – none other than Jean Bernadotte, the founder of the current ruling dynasty in Sweden. The palace was created by Frederik Blom, one of the…
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Taking a look at Haga Palace

Haga Palace, the current home of the Crown Princess Family of Sweden, is located in Haga Park in Solna, Sweden. It was built in 1802 and designed by King Gustav IV Adolf’s commissioned architect, Carl Christoffer Gjörwell. Haga Palace (or Haga Slott), located just north of Gustav III’s Pavilion, was modelled after ballet master Gallidiers Italian villa at Drottningholm Palace. The…
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Palaces & BuildingsSweden

A look at Solliden Palace, Sweden's summer residence

Situated on the island of Öland, Solliden Palace has been the summer getaway for Swedish royals since 1906. Today it offers a beautiful summer retreat for the family and plays host to Crown Princess Victoria’s annual birthday celebrations in July. But at the time, it provided a much-needed getaway from city life for another Crown Princess Victoria. Construction on the palace started in…
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