Royal Palace Stockholm Sweden about 1892

Royal Palace Stockholm Sweden about 1892

ROYAL PALACE STOCKHOLM SWEDEN — On one of the islands of the charming capital of Sweden stands an enormous building, conspicuous from almost every part of the city. It is the Royal Palace. Its vast proportions make it certainly imposing, but beautiful it cannot be called, especially on close approach; for its huge walls are covered with stucco, for which the keen frosts of a northern winter have evidently no respect. The interior of the building, although not elegantly furnished, is very attractive from the home-like air of comfort and simplicity which there prevails. One room of special interest is the Council Chamber, a handsome hall adorned with fine oak-carvings and old Gobelin tapestries. There every Friday morning King Oscar II holds a conference with his ministers; and whatever may be the abilities of those who then assemble there, it is safe to say that the King himself is their superior. Oscar II is no ordinary man. His court, though unpretending, is one of the most refined in Europe. No other sovereign equals him in respect to scholarly attainments, unless it be Pope Leo XIII. He speaks all the prominent European languages, and can at any time address the students of the Universities in an impromptu speech of purest Latin. He long ago acquired for himself a place in Swedish literature, not as a King, but as a private individual; and he is known as a poet, as writer of military works, a contributor to reviews, and a translator from Spanish and German writers. The Swedes have reason to be proud of their King. (from John L. Stoddard, Glimpses of the world; a portfolio of photographs of the marvelous works of God and man – 1892)

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