A charming destination
The courtly ceremony and the sovereign’s representational duties played a considerable role at the residence. The pleasure palace, on the other hand, offered a certain degree of freedom. It was where a sovereign could withdraw, away from his official residence. The courtly ceremony was relaxed and often only a select circle of guests were invited. A royal pleasure palace was not consistently occupied, but rather, was visited as destination outside the official residence. In the summer, small celebrations, dinners, concerts and hunts were hosted there.