Stockholm

Royal Palace: Royal Treasury

Royal Apartments and Chapel Entrance
Royal Apartments, Chapel and Treasury Entrance

As you might have guessed if you read some of my previous posts on my visit to Stockholm, I found the acute neurosis of the Swedish royals about commoners taking pictures in their palaces was to be more than a little annoying. Don’t they know that I’m trying to promote the places I visit through a blog that almost no one reads? Oh, right, almost no one reads this. Maybe they do know that.

The Royal Treasury in the Royal Palace of Stockholm is yet another place where you’re not allowed to snap shots (by, “snap shots,” I, of course, mean take pictures, not fire off a weapon, but you’re not allowed to do that either). So, all you’ll see accompanying this post is a picture of the entrance.

The door from outside is the same one as to the Royal Apartments and the Royal Chapel (if you’re a stickler about such things you’ll probably notice that I used the same picture here), but because the treasury is way down in the palace’s basement and because it contains some cool stuff, I decided to post a separate entry on it here.

On display is an exquisite white-fur trimmed, but predominantly red, richly decorated coronation cloak of Queen of Sweden. I’m not very good at painting vivid word pictures of fashion (or scenery, or people, or much else) and, as I said, I don’t have a photograph, so suffice it to say that this cloak is not something you’d wear to McDonalds. The management and staff of McDonalds probably wouldn’t throw you out if you did wear it there, but you’d definitely get some looks that gave the unmistakable impression that the lookers thought you were a pathologically pompous weirdo.

The treasury also exhibited a funeral crown. Um, excuse me. If it was a funeral crown, why was it on display in the treasury and not underground, resting on top of (or, presumably, beside unless the monarch was buried standing up) the now-decayed head of its deceased owner?

The treasury’s collection also contained various regular crowns with varying quantities of jewels and gold. There were also swords; gold keys of state; gold sceptres; sparkling, jeweled orders (medals); and a large, ornate silver baptismal font.

The treasury comprises only two small rooms. (There’s also a smaller alcove just past the ticket counter, but the alcove contained only a descriptive display, not the stuff of treasury legend.) Opulent and gorgeous as all the objects were, if you visit the Stockholm Royal Treasury, because of the small size of the treasury, you, like me, may find yourself asking, is that all there is? Thoroughly convinced that I must have inadvertently missed some rooms (I do that often), I asked a staff member that question. Yes, that was all there was.

But, if you’re visiting the Royal Palace in Stockholm, head down there anyway. The fee is included on the Stockholm Card and, even if you don’t have a Stockholm Card, there’s a single fee for everything in the Royal Palace, so it’s free if you have a Stockholm Card or if you’re going to visit the rest of the palace.

Been there? Done that? Do tell.