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Sat 21st April, 2018

Swedish Palace is haunted by friendly ghosts, claims Queen Silvia

Queen Silvia of Sweden claims that her home of Drottningholm Palace is haunted, but that the ghosts that linger on are ‘pretty friendly’.

The Queen told a TV documentary that there are ghosts residing alongside her and her husband, “many” of them. “You sometimes feel that you’re not completely alone. It’s really exciting but you don’t get scared.”

Drottningholm Palace is haunted says Queen Silvia. (Alexis Daflos/Swedish Royal court)

Silvia, 73, was in hospital over her birthday this year, just before Christmas, after a cold brought on dizzy spells. She is now thought to have recovered.

Drottningholm was built on the island Lovön near Stockholm in the 1600s. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site, as the most well-preserved royal castle of the period in Sweden.

Princess Christina, the King’s sister, backed Silvia’s claims when she was interviewed for the film. “There is much energy in this house. It would be strange if it didn’t take the form of guises,” the Princess said.

Queen Silvia of Sweden believes her home to be haunted – but the ghosts are friendly (Swedish Court)

The other-worldly inhabitants reportedly include a “gray man” and a “white lady,” according to a 2010 column in Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

The palace is the permanent residence of Queen Silvia and her husband King Carl XVI Gustaf. The rooms in the southern wing of the palace are reserved for the Royals, and the rest of the palace and grounds are open to the public year round.


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