• the exhibition is extended until 9 january 2022

Daisy. Crown Princess Margareta

One hundred years have now passed since the sudden death of our current King's grandmother. Who was this woman, who was so modern for her time but is now unknown to many? Meet a princess ahead of her time.

In Cairo in 1905, a young British princess met the Swedish Heir Apparent Gustaf (VI) Adolf. Less than six months later, they were married and living at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. Princess Margaret of Connaught took Sweden by storm and changed the image of the Royal Family, even to this day.

Crown Princess Margareta – known as Daisy to her family and friends – embraced her new life in Sweden. She also wanted to make a difference for people and was actively involved in many of the major social issues of the time. These included humanitarian initiatives for children's wellbeing, building up Sweden's civil defence, disability rights and the survival of prisoners of war during the First World War.

Ever since her childhood as a granddaughter of Queen Victoria of Great Britain, she was keenly interested in art, sport and gardening. She developed these interests over the years, helping to ensure her popularity as a crown princess. She wrote gardening books, laid the groundwork for the gardens at Sofiero Palace, enjoyed skiing and played as a forward in her own bandy team.

In the part of the Royal Palace where she lived with Crown Prince Gustaf (VI) Adolf and their five children, archive material and unique objects from the Royal Collections that belonged to the Crown Princess will be displayed for the first time.

Come and get to know the princess that Prime Minister Hjalmar Branting described as "the ray of sunshine at Stockholm Palace".

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A limited number of people will be able to visit at a time via our ticketing system. Click on the 'Tickets' button for prices and more information, choose ticket Daisy.

OPENING HOURS 6 JUN–9 JAN 2022
Daily 10:00–16:00

SAFETY MEASURES

To ensure that your visit feels safe, a number of measures have been put in place. A limited number of visitors will be given access at any one time. Floor markings, signage and staff will remind visitors to keep their distance.

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MEET A PRINCESS AHEAD OF HER TIME. DAISY. CROWN PRINCESS MARGARETA, 1882–1920

Exhibition curator: Bronwyn Griffith/The Royal Court of Sweden
Set design and exhibition architect: Ulrika Wolff/The Royal Court of Sweden
Curators: Bo Broman, Kajsa Hammarsten, Jan Blåberg, Anna Faust, Fredrik Hedgårdh, Eija Nyman, Gideon Teichmann/The Royal Collections
Architect: Katarina Wiklund, SAR/The Royal Court of Sweden
Music: Mary Ljungquist Hén, Court Organist/ The Royal Court of Sweden
Exhibition technicians: Ali Eido and Henrik Nyström/The Royal Court of Sweden
TechniciansAlexander Tideman, Patrick Chennell, Gunnar Frohm, Sven-Erik Jansson, Mats Larsson//The Royal Court of Sweden
Carpentry and metalwork: J. Lennartsson Snickeri AB
Lighting: Anders Westlund, LjusDesign AB
Graphic design: Studio Ca/Bom

The exhibition has been produced using grants and support from the Jacob Wallenberg Foundation's Special Fund, Crown Princess Margareta’s Memorial Fund and the Prince Carl Gustaf Foundation.

Gustav VI Adolf and Crown Princess Margareta sit in a shelter at Marstrand

Crown Princess Margareta and Gustaf VI Adolf visit Marstrand, summer 1918. Photo from the Bernadotte Library's archive/The Royal Court of Sweden

Crown Princess Margareta's letters to prisoners of war

Crown Princess Margareta took the initiative for various charity projects, using the Royal Palace as her base. The exhibition describes her efforts during the First World War. Photo: Lisa Raihle Rehbäck/The Royal Court of Sweden

Gustaf VI Adolf and Crown Princess Margareta sitting on the grass with their children Prince Sigvard, Prince Gustaf Adolf, Prince Bertil and Princess Ingrid

Gustaf VI Adolf and Crown Princess Margareta with their children (from left) Prince Sigvard, Prince Gustaf Adolf, Prince Bertil and Princess Ingrid. Football pitch at Sofiero, 1914. Photo from the Bernadotte Library's archive/The Royal Court of Sweden

Princess Margareta's heraldic crown in deep purple

The heraldic crown and coronation cloak are included in the exhibition. They were made for Princess Margareta ahead of King Edward VII's coronation in 1902. Photo: Lisa Raihle Rehbäck/Royalpalaces.se

Crown Princess Margareta paints seated Gustaf Adolf

Crown Princess Margareta at her easel with Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf on Drottningholm in 1915. The crown princess particularly enjoyed plein air painting. She took part in two public exhibitions: the Baltic Exhibition in Malmö (1914) and Nya Idun (1920). Photo from the Bernadotte Library's archive/The Royal Court of Sweden

Blueberry costume in window niche at the Royal Palace.

The crown princess's children were the centre of her world, and she started a small school above the family's apartment at the palace. She continued her own royal childhood family tradition of performing plays and dressing up. Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén/The Royal Court of Sweden

Collage of photographs showing Crown Princess Margareta, Prince Bertil and Princess Ingrid, letters and garden sketches

Crown Princess Margareta photographed with Prince Bertil and Princess Ingrid in summer 1914 at Sofiero. In the background are letters and her 1918 garden sketches for Sofiero. Photo: Lisa Raihle Rehbäck/Royalpalaces.se

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