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Visitors flock to Sweden's royal palaces

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Visitors flock to Sweden's royal palaces
19:21 CEST+02:00
Interest in Sweden's royal palaces increased markedly last year, with the number of visitors rising by 25 percent.

In a high-profile year for Sweden's royals, with the announcement of the engagements of both Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine, 881,000 visits were made to the royal family's current and former homes. The figure was 180,000 higher than in 2008. The number of visitors to the Royal Palace in Stockholm beat all previous records.

Income from visitors rose to 51 million kronor ($6.8 million), up nearly 10 million on the previous year.

The figures apply to the royal family's current homes - the Royal Palace in Stockholm and Drottningholm Palace, to the west of the capital - as well as to a number of historic royal residences. These include Gripsholm Castle in Mariefred, Tullgarn Palace in Sörmland and Strömsholm Palace, near Västerås.

The Royal Court received a total of 117.1 million kronor in grants from the state last year, an increase of almost 7 percent on 2008. The Appanage, the budget allocation for covering the royal family's public duties, offices and private expenses, was 56.4 million in 2009, up from 54.8 million in 2008.

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