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Bebenhausen Monastery and Palace

Schreibutensilien im Appartement der Königin Charlotte im Schloss Bebenhausen; Foto: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Rose Hajdu
Apartment of the last queen of Württemberg

Queen Charlotte's apartment

The room above the present Green Hall was renovated and modernized for Queen Charlotte in 1915 and 1916. She inhabited these room until her death in 1946. Previously, King Karl I had his private rooms here.

Breakfast room in Bebenhausen Palace. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Arnim Weischer

Practical renovations in Bebenhausen.

A high-class apartment

King Wilhelm II and his second wife, Charlotte von Schaumburg-Lippe, were passionate hunters and often stayed in Schönbuch. The royal couple valued the comforts that technical progress had made possible. They therefore had many practical renovations carried out in Bebenhausen Palace. The distribution of space changed in the queen's apartment, which now consisted of an antechamber, a bedroom, a dressing room, a bath, a spacious drawing room, and a music room.

Queen Charlotte in simple clothing, standing by a window, circa 1920 in Bebenhausen Palace; scan: Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg, credit unknown#

The queen was a passionate hunter.

Proud huntress

In the antechamber, which led both to the bedroom and to the drawing room of the queen, Charlotte presented herself as a successful huntress. The walls are all decorated with trophies of deer and boar hunts from the years between 1899 and 1917. Some bear her monogram: a C under a crown. As in all rooms of the apartment, fabric tapestries imitating the Art Nouveau style cover the walls.

The queen's drawing room in Bebenhausen Palace. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Arnim Weischer

A look inside the royal drawing room.

In remembrance of her former home

Quite typical for the style of Historicism, the queen's drawing room is a mix of original pieces and new items. The wall paneling and furniture are from the Renaissance; there are also six Dutch paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries. The ceiling paneling was created during the modernization of the palace in the late 19th century. In a niche in the west wall, a mural by Julius Mössel, depicts Nachod Palace in Bohemia. Charlotte von Schaumburg-Lippe spent her childhood and youth there.

Modern solutions

How "civil" the lives of the ruling couple of Württemberg became at the beginning of the 20th century is reflected in the queen's private rooms. Her tastefully elegant yet functional dressing room is no different than the standard of living of a rich, upper class household at the turn of the 19th to 20th century. Yet, with its simple Art Nouveau forms, it was also extremely fashionable. The royal couple may indeed have felt themselves close to their subjects, they were, however, also conscious of their status and lived accordingly.

Das Ankleidezimmer der Königin im Schloss Bebenhausen; Foto: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Stephan Kohls
Das Badezimmer der Königin im Schloss Bebenhausen; Foto: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Stephan Kohls

The ruling couple of Württemberg strongly preferred modern living comfort in their private rooms.

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