Aldovia and Penglia: the real country and castle where A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby was filmed

Filming locations A Christmas Prince The Royal Baby
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The fairy tale world of the Netflix movie series A Christmas Prince is back with this third chapter, also filmed in the Peleş Castle in Romania. You may be wondering if Aldovia and its counterpart, the Kingdom of Penglia, exist.

Unlike Moldova and Moldavia, the land where the cheesiest royal family lives is a made-up country. Apparently, Aldovia and Penglia are located somewhere in old Europe, more specifically next to Latvia and Lithuania (although in fact only Russia has a border with both Baltic nations).

This is the third installment of the 2017 hit romantic comedy after the 2018 sequel subtitled The Royal Wedding. Returning to their roles are Rose McIver (iZombie, Once Upon a Time) as Queen Amber from New York, and Ben Lamb (Now You See Me 2, The White Queen) as prince charming King Richard. No spoilers ahead!

Where was A Christmas Prince filmed? The real Aldovia location

Peleş Castle A Christmas Prince
The monarchs of Aldovia have their official residence in Peleş Castle, located in the beautiful town of Sinaia (Romania). Nestled in the Carpathian Mountains between the capital Bucharest and the historical city of Brasov, this is one of the most impressive castles in the country. Built between 1873 and 1914, this neo-Renaissance masterpiece was designed not as a fortress but as the summer retreat for the first king of Romania, Carol I. The fictional kingdom of Montenaro from the movie The Princess Switch was also partially filmed in Romania.
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A Christmas Prince castle
Several scenes at the Aldovian royal residence are filmed in the entrance and the courtyard of Peles Castle, featuring splendid statues. The interior rooms are also spectacular and are very well preserved (the site is a big tourist attraction), having never been sacked or destroyed. During the first years of the Communist regime, it was used by Ceauşescu and the cultural elites as a recreation and resting place. It turned into a museum in 1953 until it was closed down from 1975 to 1990. Nowadays it belongs to the former Romanian royal family once again.
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A Christmas Prince drehort
However, the interior of The Royal Baby palace was filmed somewhere else: the Cotroceni Palace is a National Museum, next to the official residence of the President of Romania in Bucharest. Several rooms and halls of this former Royal Palace, built in 1895, were used to film scenes taking place in the noble residence of Aldovia.
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Aldovia
The movie opens with a press conference in front of the building (see first image of this article). These exterior views with the elegant columns, as well as the interior staircase, were filmed at the Romanian Athenaeum. Opened in 1888, this magnificent concert hall in the center of Bucharest is a landmark that witnessed the opulent days before the war, when the city was known as the Paris of the East. As Bustle reports, there is life beyond Aldovia and Penglia in the universe of A Christmas Prince: some footage was filmed in New York City, where the journalist-turned-Queen's-dad is still working at Ruby's Diner restaurant.
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Netflix is constantly adding new cinematographic fictional countries to the list, alongside Aldovia and Penglia: maybe you'd also like to know where Turgistan from the 6 Underground movie is. In addition, the towns of Cedarfield and Harpurton, featured in The Stranger series, are totally made-up locations.

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2 comments
  1. aldovia is actually many balkan countryes

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  2. I love aidovia I hope they make a 4 th movie

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