History, The Royal Stables

The Royal Mews. Copperplate, Erik Dahlberg's "Suecia antiqua et hodierna". Original: The National Library of Sweden, The Royal Library.

The Royal Stables boasts unbroken history since the time of Gustav Vasa and preserves a unique cultural heritage with its carriage park, historic uniforms and harnesses.

The Royal Stables continues a several hundred year-old tradition and helps keep the classic horse and carriage and equipage culture alive. The Crown Equerry and Head of the Royal Stables is Mertil Melin.

Previous location

The Royal Stables were previously located at Helgeandsholmen, where the Swedish parliamentary building is situated today.  It was designed and built by Palace architect Nicodemus Tessin the Younger in 1697.

Historic building

The Royal Stables is currently located in the centre of the city in Östermalm. It was built between 1890 and 1894 under the direction of architect Fritz Eckert, with palace architect Ernst Jakobsson as construction manager. Today the brick complex is a highly appreciated building and has been declared a National Heritage Building.

Just over a hundred years ago, there were about 100 horses at the Royal Stables. Today, approximately 30 horses are kept in the stables, including a few horses belonging to private citizens.