Is Sweden’s royal palace the ultimate haunted mansion? Queen Silvia thinks so.
“There are ghosts — there are lots of them,” the 73-year-old monarch says in the new documentary Drottningholm Palace – A Royal Home. “They’re all very friendly, but you do sometimes feel that you aren’t alone.”
“They’re harmless,” the Queen—who was hospitalized just before Christmas due to a cold — says of her supernatural guests at the 15th-century palace, built on an island within Sweden’s capital city of Stockholm.
“They aren’t scary, and in a way it’s quite thrilling,” said Queen Silvia, who lives for much of the year in the palace with her husband King Carl XVI Gustaf, 70.
“Imagine the stories they could tell!” she said in the documentary, which will air on national broadcaster STV this week.
The king’s sister Princess Christina, 73, who traced the royal home’s foundations to the mid-1600s during Queen Hedvig Eleonora’s reign for a book on the building’s history, backed claims that it’s haunted by phantoms.
“Of course it is. There are ghosts in all old houses,” she said. “Definitely.”
“There’s a lot of energy in this house and it would be strange if it didn’t express itself in the form of sounds and shapes,” she said.
Earlier this year the island palace, which is open to the public for much of the year, was invaded by questers on the trail of a more earthly presence when it was found to be a hot spot for Pokémon Go.
Drottningholm Palace – A Royal Home is set to air January 5 at 6.30 p.m. local time.