In the dining hall, there originally was a so-called Hermitage table, a table machine which, by use of a hoisting device, allowed the well-provided table to rise up from and afterwards down to the underlying kitchen through a hatch in the dining hall’s floor, so that one could dine without servants, or, in French, “en Hermitage”. This machine was removed in the middle of the 1700s.
The Palace has been renovated several times. During the years 1979-1991, the palace underwent a thorough restoration of its exterior sandstone. In the restoration of the palace’s interior from 2009-2013, there was special attention on the original color scheme from the 1700s, among other things.
The Hermitage Palace has, through the years, been the centre for royal hunts. It is at the disposal of The Queen, who today uses it for official lunches.