Here we go!"As a girl I never dreamed about become a Princess"
From Swedish Damtidning No. 48, 2010. By Åsa B.
-There was much that was new and different when I came here to Berleburg, says Carina Axelsson and clapping her happy Labrador Amber.
For Swedish women's magazine reporter Asa B, she talks about life as a castle-lady and the difficult art of renovating a giant castle.
Getting to Bad Berleburg is like opening a picture book.
High on a top a hill slumbers the picturesque wooden houses next to the impressive castle, with its wonderful towers and pinnacles. Inside the castle wall rides Princess Nathalie, Prince Gustav's sister on her horse.
The family's ancestry is impressive Gustav's grandfather was King Frederik of Denmark, grandmother, father, King Gustav VI Adolf.
We understand that it felt very strange for CA where she became acquainted with the prince, but she soon found herself at trial.
The castle is said to have been founded already in 1258 and Gutav and Carina is the first young couple at the castle for a hundred years.
Before they moved into the castle, lived Gustav's Swedish grandmother Margaret Fouche dÒtrante as a widow of some of the rooms on the second floor.
Two majestic stone lion looks down on me when I pass the high black iron gates. Prince Richard and his son Gustav speaks Swedish and gladly welcome when they come out from Castle restaurant with the hunting team. They are heading out into the woods again and hope for good hunting.
Inside the main building is a lot of activity. There is much to do with before tonight's hunting-dinner.
Frau Schneider, housekeeper welcomes me and shows the way up to Carina and Gustav's private apartments.
The whole castle is private, but upstairs is more private than the big State apartments, in one of those which swell dinner to be made.
Carina greets us in the beautifully decorated castle library, surrounded by tall bookcases, antique, classic paintings and sparkling chandeliers.
She is stylish, slim and dressed in jeans, a pink shirt and a shawl.
Her big, warm brown eyes glitters. It is a warm, happy and fun girl who Prince Gustav has fallen in love and it shows that she is happy with his life in Berleburg. Becoming a princess was nothing Carina dreamed about as children.
- I was a real boy-girl, I never dressed up in princess gowns, she says, smiling. You can tell that she is well at home at the castle and has taken up the arms race with lots of energy.
She tells how it happened during the renovation, when she has colored and renovated rooms to their former glory.
-When I moved here, had nothing been done in a long time. There is much work says CA and shows me into her study. The windows provides stunning views over the countryside.
Benedikte go over the courtyard, she would be hosting the 100 guests tonight.
When Carina moved here she had lived 14 years in Paris.
All of Berleburg was new to her, language, castle life, traditions. She did not really know what it was she was getting into, to become Castle's wife.
-Gustav told me and supported me and gave me an insight into life at the castle is, and of course I visited the castle a few times, before I moved here. But there is much that is the result, which I never imagined.
Prince G & CA is not married, with CA is seen as G's wife and she is always with at all family occasions and royal gatherings.
Residents of Bath Berleburg consider Carina Castle's wife.
She is liked by all and with his passion for history and antiques, his artistic streak and her eye for form and color, she has brought life into the slumbering castle. Room after room, she has transformed into beautiful beads.
Royal couple Richard and Benedikte is pleased and excited that she has taken the contract to renovate. - In the beginning they were worried that I might do if total, Richard was able to get really upset sometimes when I talked about my interior design plans. They were afraid that it would be too modern.
But they soon realized that Carina had both interest and knowledge of old things. The room we were sitting in was a guest room when she came here. Now she has turned it into her private study.
The blue double doors are adorable and the bookshelves have a beautiful green color.
- Richard was angry when I made the spare room, but now he wants to be happy staying here.
-I think the room may have had that color before, during all the wallpaper I found this bright green color. We look out the windows and CA show on one of the side buildings.
- It shall I deal with soon. All rooms are worn down and needs renovation and get new furniture. In the west wing include a large dining room and many other rooms that have not been used for over 70 years.
Yes, there is a real enthusiast who has moved into the castle. Carina is interested in German history and are constantly improving their knowledge of the German language. She is also a creative and artistic person.
- My main interests in life is to paint and to read and shows me the book about the Swedish castle Rosersberg, and its beautiful library, it was an inspirational source for Carina when she decorated the library at Rosersberg.
CA is raised in a small town in the mountains of California and as a boy, she spent many hours after school, in the small library in Santa Cruz.
Today, she reads for the kids at the library in Berleburg. It is appreciated by students and Carina find it fun.
Second, she likes children, since she feels that she contributes by the German-speaking children learn English. To hear English from someone who has it as their first language is instructive.
- I tend to see the children when I'm out walking in the woods with my dog Amber.
They are so cute and say "Hallo, Frau Axelsson."
At the library in the village is also her own children's book "Nigel-the little dragon" which was translated into several languages. Carina have both written books about Nigel and illustrated them herself and her little cartoon character has become world famous.
A new book is coming and she has several scripts in the drawer. In addition, she has just designed a Christmas calendar, which is sold in stores in Berleburg.
The money provides funding for the village's library.
- When I was little I was always disappointed that you could not see the whole picture on the Advent calendar, since you opened the "doors". I have thought of when I designed this, says Carina and shows the beautifully illustrated Advent calendar that portrays Berleburg castle.
The Advent calendar is special because the "gaps/doors" are the castle's windows. The overall picture does not disappear when the doors opened!
There are lots of fun features at the calendar for kids to watch. In addition, the calendar, has many personal touches. Carina herself and Prince Gustav appears and their dogs and the housekeeper Frau Schneider.