Princess Sofia Albertina. Photo: The Royal Court
Carin, you'll be kicking off this year's series of talks by talking about Princess Sofia Albertina. Why did you choose her as a subject?
My talk will be based on a book I've just written, which will be published in the autumn. It's called "Independent Princess: Sophia Albertina, 1753-1829".
The reason why I'm interested in Princess Sofia Albertina is that she is relatively unknown, and what has been written about her is fairly uninteresting, not to mention derogatory. Not only was she the sister of King Gustav III and the aunt of King Gustav IV Adolf, she was also an extremely capable woman who even controlled her own little realm in Germany for a while. By researching the Princess and her era, I've also learnt about how the Swedish Court operated in older times, which has been useful in my day-to-day work as Director of the Royal Collections.
How long has the Royal Palace of Stockholm been arranging these talks?
The series of talks first began in 2004, and has continued to grow over the years.
Are there any other talks in the programme that you're particularly interested in?
I'm most interested in the talks that deal with subjects that I don't know much about, such as Cecilia Hagen's "My aunt and Princess Eugénie", Tom Bergroth's "200 years of the Royal Order of King Carl XIII" and Bo Rappne's "Ulriksdal in my heart".