Marguerite was very superstitious and she always slept with 40 pairs of slippers arranged around her bed. If the were still in order when she woke up it meant that no ghosts or spirits had visited her during the night.
Almost as fresh as ever, the golden bathroom shines in its old glory. The bathtub and toilet are still the very same as in the 30's, when Marguerite Wenner-Gren and her friends would get ready for lavish cocktail parties in front of the floor-to-ceiling mirrors.
The ceiling is covered with leaf gold and a painting by the artist couple Lodén. Axel commissioned this ceiling painting for Marguerite as a reminder of their wedding trip in 1930, a safari in India.
The faucets used to be real gold too but Marguerite’s trustee, Birger Strid, sold them after Axel’s death. Birger Strid was later sentenced to eight years in prison for embezzlement as he had emptied the palace of all its furniture, art and valuables. Long time after he returned to the palace with a bust of Axel that he wanted to return to it's real home.
Torsten Kreuger built the swimming pool in the 1930’s according to the Olympic standards of those times (25 meters long). It was the first outdoor swimming pool in Sweden. From this bathroom window he put a slide straight in to the pool. Marguerite unfortunately did not find the slide appropriate for a palace and had it removed.
MARGUERITE'S DRESSING ROOM
Marguerite's dressing room is connected to her bedroom. All the kids who visit the palace end up in her dressing room at one point or another, as it's full board games and toys. It's the perfect getaway from those tedious adult dinner conversations.
Marguerite owned a fortune in jewellery, and the staff that worked for her testifies that they would always hear her come because of the rattle and jingle jangle from her jewellery. At night it was always locked away in the hidden safe next to the window.
The room is decorated with a hand painted border by her good friends Dagmar and Olle Lodén. It depicts the history of fashion worn by icons from each era, from Cleopatra to Josephine Baker. Napoleon and his wife Josephine, Elisabeth I, Gustav V, Marlene Dietrich, Karl Gerhard, Hjalmar Branting, Bertil Malmberg, Greta Garbo, Zarah Leander, Paul von Hinderburg, Charles Lindbergh, Harriet Bosse, August Strindberg, mrs Wenner-Gren herself and a lot of other celebrities are depicted on the board. How many faces do you recognize?