How does it work when Victoria, our crown princess, and her husband to be, Daniel Westling, refurbish their future home? In practice, I mean. If we disregard the at times heated public debate regarding the restricted access to the previously public space around Haga Palace, I can just imagine the heated royal debate about the ongoing refurbishment? What makes an interior royal enough to be fit for a future queen? Does Victoria have the final say?
There I am, having trouble deciding whether to choose an enamel or a plastic bathtub, or a toilet of brand X or brand Y for our revamped bathroom. Seems like quite trivial and meaningless decisions in comparison. Having given up my dreams of becoming a princess about 25 years ago, I’m pretty sure there will be no royal pee flowing through my toilet.
My husband and I moved into our house three years ago. Fantastic. The space. The garden. The sauna! But the projects never end. There are about a million decisions to be made all the time – color, tiles, furniture…
And even if Victoria and Daniel don’t have to worry about money, they still have to make a lot of decisions. Or don’t they? Maybe they have an interior designer working full time to make Haga Palace (where the king, Carl XVI Gustav, was actually born and spent his first few years) royal enough. I can’t imagine the royal couple driving around to Stockholm’s numerous DIY shops to pick out royal bathtubs and toilets. But who knows?
Don’t get the wrong impression from my ranting; I’m very pleased not to be royal. Do you know why? Whichever toilet I choose, it doesn’t have to be approved by the Swedish National Heritage Board. Victoria’s does.