With its magnificent setting, Drottningholm has provided a beautiful backdrop to many festive and ceremonial events over the years. In 1744, the marriage of Princess Lovisa Ulrika of Prussia to the Swedish heir to the throne Adolf Fredrik was celebrated here. Today, Drottningholm remains a focus for special occasions. Prince Bertil and Princess Lilian were married here in 1976, and Princess Madeleine was born here. On 8 June 2013, Drottningholm will be the romantic setting for the royal wedding banquet, continuing its great historic traditions.
The name Drottningholm originated in the late 16th century, when King Johan III had the first palace built here for his queen consort, Katarina Jagellonika. Work on the present palace began in 1662, and is representative of all royal European architecture of that period. Drottningholm Palace has always been a place for hospitality and living. It has been The King and Queen's home since 1981, and in 1991 the palace — together with the exotic Chinese Pavilion, the Palace Theatre and the grand Palace Park — was listed by UNESCO as Sweden's first World Heritage Site.