I am sure it will come to no surprise to any of you that one of my highlights was seeing the changing of the guard outside the Royal palace in Stockholm. And no, it’s not just because there were a lot of men and women in uniform but because the Royal Military Band decided to give us spectators a concert and the music they played included Avicii.
But I am getting ahead of myself as listening to the band wasn’t the first thing we did. One of the first things we did was actually going inside the palace. Currently they are holding an exhibition celebrating the fashion of Princess Lilian who would have turned 100 earlier this year in August.
Not going to lie, the two outfits above were definitely my favourite and I would love to wear them.
The rest of the Palace was sadly a lot less fashionable but the chairs were items of beauty. I love chairs and I love the detial and attention that goes into upholstering them. Obviously as this was a palace there were some pretty epic examples on show.
(I must apologise for the quality of this photo. I took it with my phone and flashes weren’t allowed)
The palace is in Gamla Stan, the Old Town so before the changing of the guard began we decided to have a wonder. Beautiful, narrow cobbled streets and shops all over the place – if there ever needs to be a picture to represent ‘quaint’ then Gamla Stan when it isn’t busy fits the bill. When it’s busy it’s not so much quaint as, well busy.
Then it was time for soldiers!
Like with chairs I have a secret passion for military bands – I love the music and the instruments they use, and yes even the discipline. So getting a chance to see such a prestigious band for free in the sunshine outside the Royal Palace was something I really, really didn’t want to miss.
I was even willing to forgive them the renovation work. Once we danced to Avicii we made our way out of Gamla Stan for food. And as we were in Stockholm, we decided to go for traditional Swedish food: sushi and lemonade. Yum!