The Swedish Royal Family’s summer residence resembles a very large three-storey villa built in the Italian style, rather than a palace.

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Its white façade stands out amidst the greenery of the surrounding park and is located near the town of Borgholm.

Victoria of Baden, King Gustaf V’s consort, commissioned the building of Solliden in 1903, to seek some relief as she suffered from bronchial problems as the air on Öland was far milder.

She often travelled to Italy for her health during the winter months, following her doctor Axel Munthe’s orders, staying on the island of Capri.

However, following criticism for her lengthy stays abroad, Victoria found the ideal location and moved in during 1906.

Queen Victoria of Sweden in 1910.

Solliden Palace gardens are open daily during the summer months when the Royal Family are not in residence, from 20 May to 27 September.

King Carl XVI Gustaf inherited Solliden Palace when his grandfather Gustav V died in 1950.

The Swedish Royal Family outside Solliden Palace in July 2017. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer, Kungahuset.se

Find out more by visiting https://sollidensslott.se/solliden-palace/ or https://www.guidebook-sweden.com/en/guidebook/destination/sollidens-slott-royal-summer-residence-oeland

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