The Silver Throne

The Hall of State at the Royal Palace of Stockholm is home to one of the most poignant objects in Swedish history: Queen Kristina's silver throne.

It was made by a goldsmith in Augsburg. It has wooden framework and is completely covered in silver. Personifications of justice (Justitia) and wisdom (Prudentia) stand atop the high back support. Two angels hold a crowned laurel wreath between them. But how did the throne come to be made from silver? Why not gold, as was the case with so many other pieces during this period of great splendour?

"Were it in my power to marry, I would willingly do so… But I say this explicitly, that it is impossible for me to marry. Such is the nature of the matter. I cannot give my reasons, but my heart is not in it. I have prayed diligently to God, but in vain."

In the Christian tradition, the colour white symbolises innocence, purity and perfection, and during the Renaissance the royal houses of Europe began to wear white wedding clothes. Silver was used in the attire worn during coronations, with the same symbolic significance. Queen Kristina was, perhaps, the most intellectual monarch Sweden has ever had. She spoke Latin, French, German, Dutch, Greek, Italian and Spanish, and surrounded herself with intellectuals.

In 1649, the year before her coronation, she made it clear that she never intended to marry. Kristina had probably decided to convert to Catholicism and to abdicate even before taking her place on the silver throne at her coronation in 1650. She left Sweden in 1654.

The Royal Palace of Stockholm is open all year round.

Photo: Alexis Daflos

Queen Kristina was, perhaps, the most intellectual monarch Sweden has ever had. Photo: The Royal Court

Personifications of justice (Justitia) and wisdom (Prudentia) stand atop the high back support. Photo: The Royal Court

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Guided tours Open today 09.00-17.00

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Wild animals are hiding in the large rooms of the palace. On the walls, on the ceilings, on objects and on furniture. Some are large, and...

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Tour of the Regalia 1 May – 30 Sep

The Swedish Regalia are kept in the cellar vaults of the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Here you can see crowns used by kings, queens, prince...

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Märta Måås at the Royal Palace 13 Oct – 19 Apr 2020

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The Royal Apartments Open today 09.00-17.00

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The Treasury Open today 10.00-17.00

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Museum Three Crowns Open today 10.00-17.00

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Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities Open today 10.00-17.00

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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 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.

  • Which royal visitor attractions can I explore at my own pace?

    The Royal Palace of Stockholm, Riddarholm Church, Drottningholm Palace, the Chinese Pavilion, Gripsholm Castle, Strömsholm Palace and the Orangery at Ulriksdal can be explored at your own pace.

    The other palaces are by guided tour.

  • Is it possible to hire rooms at the royal palaces for dinner functions/events?

    Strömsholm Palace: The dining room in the Stone Kitchen can be hired for dinner functions.

    The other palaces: Room hire is not possible.

  • Are audio guides available for the royal palaces?

    The Royal Palace of Stockholm: An audio guide in Swedish and English is available for the Bernadotte Apartments and Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities.

    The Chinese Pavilion: An audio guide is available in Swedish and English

    Audio guides are not available at present for the other palaces.

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