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The Lady in White at Dragsholm Slot
Tales of the wealthy falling in love with commoners have entranced the public for centuries: The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana; Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson; King Edward VIII and Wallis Warfield Simpson; and Prince Regnant Rainier and Grace Kelly are only a few of the long list.
One such romance took place many years ago at one of the oldest castles in Sealand, Denmark called Dragsholm Slot. The castle was built in the 12th century by a Roskilde bishop. One of a long line of owners was a nobleman with a young daughter who, unable to help herself, fell in love with a common man who was employed for the nobleman. The young man also fell in love with the young noble girl.
The girl knew that her father would be furious if he found out about their relationship so they kept their desire for each other a secret.
As tends to happen in these kinds of romances, the father caught the couple in an amorous embrace. He was so angry that he ordered his servants to wall up his daughter inside the castle. She was imprisoned there, unable to escape until her imminent death.
A female apparition in a white dress is often seen, even to this day, walking the castle corridors, and roaming the castle grounds at Dragsholm Slot.
The castle was updated with new bathroom facilities in the 1930s, and old disintegrating walls were removed at that time. The construction workers found a skeleton wearing a white dress behind one of the decaying walls!
The Lady in White is one of several ghosts inhabiting the Dragsholm Slot. James Hepburn, the 4th Earl of Bothwell was captured in 1578, and held in the castle dungeon suffering from deplorable conditions (which eventually drove him insane) for five to ten years before his death. He is often seen in the courtyard riding in his carriage accompanied by the sound of horse hooves pounding the pavement. The pillar to which Hepburn was chained is still visible in the dungeon of the hotel.
A maiden known as The Gray Lady is seen in the castle occasionally. She appears to be checking to be sure all is in order.
The castle is now a well known hotel, gourmet restaurant, eatery, and museum renovated and owned by the Bottger family since 1939.
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