Sveriges Kungahus

About the images in formal dress

The official photographs of The King and Queen were taken at Drottningholm Palace in the Upper Vestibule. The photographer was Bruno Ehrs.


The main staircase at Drottningholm Palace, which leads up to the Upper Vestibule, was created between 1665 and 1687 by the architect Nicodemus Tessin the Elder, and is an entrance hall to the suites of rooms on this floor. The Upper Vestibule is richly ornamented. In addition to classicised statues of Old Norse kings by the Belgian sculptor Nicolaes Millich, busts of Roman emperors have also been displayed here since the late 19th century.
The artist Johan Sylvius' ceiling painting represents the gods of Mount Olympus, and is a freely adapted reproduction of a fresco at the Villa Borghese in Rome. The Upper Vestibule offers good views of the pleasure gardens outside Drottningholm Palace.
The Upper Vestibule is open to the public.

Find out more about Drottningholm Castle here.


The King wears the following orders, decorations and miniature medals on his dress coat:
  • The Order of the Seraphim on a ribbon
  • The Order of the Polar Star around his neck
  • The Grand Star of the Order of the Seraphim
  • The Grand Star of the Order of Vasa
  • King Gustav V's 90th Birthday Jubilee Order
  • King Gustaf VI Adolf's 85th Birthday Commemorative Medal
  • King Håkon VII's Commemorative Medal
  • King Olav V's Commemorative Medal

The Queen wears a brocade dress, made in Paris by Monsieur Jacques. The Queen wears the Leuchtenberg Sapphires, which were made in Paris in the early 19th century. They were a wedding present from the Emperor Napoleon to Augusta Amalia, the wife of his adopted son, and subsequently Duchess of Leuchtenberg and mother of the Swedish Queen Josefina.
The Queen also wears the Order of the Seraphim on a ribbon, the Grand Star of the Order of the Seraphim and a miniature portrait of The King framed with brilliants.