The first pavilion, a prefabricated building, was erected here in 1753 as a birthday present to Queen Lovisa Ulrika.
It was built in a Chinese-inspired style which at that time was the height of fashion in Europe.
The lacquer-red wall and sculptural decorations of the façades testify to a close knowledge of Chinese architecture, but the main structure of the building is emphatically European.
Unique collections of Chinese and Japanese decorative arts, mainly from the 18th century, were assembled in this pavilion.
An inventory of the collections was compiled in 1777, when Drottningholm passed into the hands of the State.
A number of other pavilions, also in the Chinese style, adjoin the main building.
One of them, the Confidence, is a dining room in which both the table and dumb-waiters were laid one floor below and then, on a signal being given from the dining room, hoisted up into position, enabling the royals to dine "en confidence" - without servants present.