Thursday, 5 January 2017

Silvia's ghost stories

Queen Silvia has told Swedish TV that she believes in ghosts

The Queen of Sweden believes in ghosts. Silvia has told a new TV programme that she is sure that one of her royal homes is haunted - and she's not the least bit nervous.

Silvia has been talking to a documentary by SVT about Drottningholm Palace, the royal residence she shares with her husband, King Carl XVI Gustaf. She tells the programme that ''there's a lot of history here. There are also little friends...the ghosts. They're all very friendly, but you sometimes feel like you aren't alone.''

Drottningholm has a pretty impressive history, with a royal residence first recorded there in the 16th century. After that was destroyed by fire, Queen Hedwig Eleonora commissioned a new building in 1661 and it has been used as a royal residence for centuries. That's clearly on Silvia's mind as she tells the programme makers ''you don't get scared...imagine what they could tell...''

She gets support from her sister-in-law, Princess Christina, who tells the same documentary that ''there are ghosts in all old houses, Definitely.''  Drottningholm Palace - a Royal Home is transmitted tonight, January 5th 2016, in Sweden.

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