To mark the 200th jubilee of the Bernadotte dynasty on the Swedish throne, an audio guide has been created for the Bernadotte Apartments – the rooms at the Royal Palace of Stockholm named after the Bernadotte dynasty.
The audio guide, which can be borrowed free of charge in the first room of the apartments, describes the rooms as you pass through them – their history, the décor, the collections and how the rooms are used today.
From the audio guide:
These chandeliers are large and elaborate, and obviously crafted to impress. Each piece weighs about 200 kilograms.
Portraits of the Bernadottes
There is also a presentation of all the portraits. The Bernadotte Apartments, which consist of fourteen rooms located in the north wing of the palace, are home to portraits of the Bernadotte family – from King Karl XIV Johan and Queen Desideria to King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.
As well as hearing the personal histories behind the portraits, you can also see how the art of portraiture has changed over the years. The paintings were produced by the leading artists of the time, such as Per Krafft, François Gérard, Anders Zorn and Emil Österman to mention just a few.
From the audio guide:
Desideria is now depicted in her new role as Sweden’s Crown Princess in Swedish court dress. In the background you can even see the old Royal Castle, which was destroyed in a fire in 1697.
Included in the entry ticket
You can wander through the Bernadotte Apartments by yourself during the Palace's regular opening hours*.
The audio guide is available in Swedish and English, and is included in the entry ticket to the palace. Your ticket also gives you access to the rest of the Royal Apartments, the Treasury and the Tre Kronor Museum.
*Please note that the Royal Apartments may close temporarily due to His Majesty the King's official receptions, se menu Opening hours.
Top image: Queen Desideria (1777–1860) as crown princess in court dress, by François Gerard, oil on canvas, painted in 1811. Photo: Royalpalaces.se
The images on this page have been cropped. The full versions can be seen in the Bernadotte Apartments.