The Royal Stables

Horses

The Royal Stables have around twenty horses. The horses are trained to lead cortèges and carriages on occasions such as state visits and formal audiences.

Extremely high demands are placed on the horses, equipment and staff, in order to ensure that ceremonial transportation is provided in a safe and stylish manner.

The horses are bay in colour, typical of their breed and tall, with an attractive gait and a height of around 170 cm. However, just as important as the physical appearance are a steady temperament, sound training and a high standard of fitness.

The horses are bought at between five and seven years of age. Two years of training are then required so that they can learn to walk two-, four- or six-in-hand, and to work in a noisy and often stressful city environment.

Training and care, The Royal Stables

Riding Master, Head Groom and coachmen are responsible for the horses' training, feeding and care.

The harnesses and coaches for everyday and ceremonial use also require daily inspections. A safe and reliable cortège horse needs thousands of hours of training. Younger horses and those whose training is not yet complete can, however, be placed with older and more experienced horses, and can therefore gradually be used during their training.

The horses are given daily training on Djurgården or in the riding hall, and using the modern horse walker.

The training is governed by forthcoming duties. For example this could involve training two-in-hand when ,the horses are put to the carriages in pairs or four-in-hand. Carriages are also postilion-driven, with riders on the or à la d'aumont, where the coachman is replaced with jockeys who ride each of the left-hand horses.

Horses in traffic

City traffic, with its buses, traffic lights, road works, crowds and loud noises, is a particular challenge for the horses. The horses are also trained together with the Life Guards' Dragoons and the mounted police so that they can cope with loud music, crowds of people, barking dogs and waving flags. The horses need to be able to remain calm and concentrate on their work, regardless of what is happening around them.

More about the horses

Get to know Hovstallet's horses. Click on the names in the list below.

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Bolton
Brunsif
Cardinal
Consens
Dandy
Favorit

Galant

Hero

Jago

Lord
Nelson
Rataplan
Rival


Top image: Training at Hovstallet's courtyard. Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén/Royalpalaces.se 

The horses are brown, typical of their breed, and tall. Their height (at the withers) is around 170 cm, or 16 hands.

Horses out training on Djurgården.

The horses are let out for a summer break.

Celebrating Sweden’s national day. H.M. the King and H. M. the Queen on their way to Skansen.

Announcement in connection with equid alphaherpesvirus 1 (EHV-1)

A nasty variant of a herpes virus that affects horses is currently spreading.

The equine disease, which is known as EHV-1, spreads between horses, but riders and visitors to stables can also transfer the infection to other horses. The virus does not infect humans.

The Royal Stables’ horses are healthy, and we are staying open to visitors. However, we have taken a number of precautions in view of the risk of infection:

  • If you have spent any time at another stable, it is important that you change your clothes and shoes and that you shower before visiting the Royal Stables. This will prevent any infection from being spread.
  • All visitors to the Royal Stables must disinfect their hands and step into disinfectant solution at the entrance.
  • For the time being, visitors are not permitted to pet the horses or touch the stable box fittings.

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Take a tour through the Royal Stables, with its harness room, cars and carriage houses. During the summer season, the inner courtyard, it...

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We recommend that large groups pre-book a guided tour. For groups of at least 20 people, you can order coffee, sandwiches and/or pastries.

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The Royal Stables are located at Väpnargatan 1 in central Stockholm.

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Events

Visit the Royal Stables 12 Jan – 14 Apr

The Royal Stables are located in central Stockholm, and are open for visits all year round. Welcome to a very special workplace.

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Easter family weekend 21 – 22 Apr

At the weekend during the Easter holiday, we will be opening the Royal Stables for a quiz trail in the inner courtyard. And, of course, y...

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Discover a special place in the heart of the city. During the evening, the inner courtyard, the buildings and the stables will be open at...

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Discover more at The Royal Stables

The Royal Stables have around twenty horses. The horses are trained to lead cortèges and carriages on occasions such as state visits and ...

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Among the oldest cars in the Royal Stables is a Daimler DE27: Limousine from 1950. It can seat up to eight people and is still in use . ...

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The current Royal Stables buildings were completed in 1894. The architect was the palace official Ernst Jacobsson, assisted by Fritz Ecke...

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See the Royal Stables coach sheds, which are home to around forty carriages and sleighs for various occasions. Most of them date back to ...

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Discover the Royal Stables' summer café, serving home-baked treats in a unique setting in the heart of Stockholm.

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The history of the Royal Stables dates back many hundreds of years, to 1535 when King Gustav Vasa had stables built for the royal horses....

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Articles and movies

What was life like at the Royal Stables during the times of King Karl XIV Johan and King Oskar I? An exhibition in the coach shed describ...

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The Royal Stables are located at Väpnargatan 1, right at the beginning of Stockholm's Strandvägen. The Royal Stables have existed since t...

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FAQ

  • Can I pre-book a ticket for the general palace tours?

    Tickets can be purchased on the same day at any of our ticket offices; no advance purchase available.

  • Are there any storage lockers at the royal palaces?

    The Royal Palace of Stockholm: There are a few storage lockers available at Tickets & Information and in the Tre Kronor Museum. However, we would recommend not bringing any large bags with you. The other royal palaces and visitor attractions: No storage lockers available.

  • Can I take my bag into the royal palaces?

    Small bags are permitted at our visitor attractions. Rucksacks should be carried in your hand or on your front. Do not leave any bags unattended. Bags and cases with wheels are not permitted.

  • Can I take a pushchair into the royal palaces?

    Pushchairs are not permitted indoors.

  • Are there any pushchair parkings at the royal palaces?

    The Royal Palace of Stockholm: At the entrance to the Reception Rooms, in the Outer Courtyard there is a limited amount of space for pushchairs. Under cover, but unmonitored and no locking facility.

    Riddarholm Church: At the entrance to Riddarholm Church. Under cover, but unmonitored and no locking facility.

    Drottningholm Palace: Outside the entrance. Under cover, but unmonitored and no locking facility.

    Other visitor attractions: No pushchair parking.

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