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(VIDEO) TMs King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden Host a Gala Dinner.

On the evening of Friday, September 16, 2016, Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden and Their Royal Highnesses Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden hosted the 2016 Sverigemiddag (Sweden Dinner) held at the Kungliga Slottet in Stockholm.

swedenThe gala dinner is held in honor of “…individuals who have made significant efforts locally, regionally or nationally.  Invited guests included representatives from the culture, business, education, sports and club activities from Sweden’s 21 counties and county governors…” according to the Swedish royal court.

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Photo courtesy of the Swedish royal court

 

Countess Gunnila Märta Louise Bernadotte, Grevinna af Wisborg Has Passed Away.

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It is with great sadness to announce that Countess Gunnila Märta Louise Bernadotte, Grevinna af Wisborg passed away on Monday, September 12, 2016.  She was 93.

The lovely countess was married to the late Count Carl Johan Bernadotte af Wisborg, the uncle of His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.  In a statement His Majesty said of his late Aunt, “…Gunnila Bernadotte was very much appreciated, a close and faithful friend of our family and leave us in great loss.” 

(VIDEOS) Members of the Swedish Royal Family Attend the Opening of the Riksdag Session.

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden and Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine of Sweden attended the opening of the 2016/17 Riksdag Session in Stockholm.

During today’s event His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden gave the opening speech.  Here is what he had to say:

“Mr President,

Honorable Members of the Riksdag!

Today we have gathered to open a new parliamentary year. You will now continue your important work to move our nation forward.

We live in a globalized world. Many events have recently shaken the world, including Sweden. It is clearer than ever that what happens outside of Sweden also concerns us.

Also, the European Union is subjected to stresses. We must continue to believe in cooperation between countries and on a covenant that guarantees peaceful interaction.

Sweden has been at peace for over 200 years and is today one of the world’s most prosperous countries. This has not always been. For over a hundred years ago, we were a poor country as people left. Over the past 150 years, Sweden has gone from being a country of emigration to a country that many people turn to. Today also moving thousands of Swedes abroad every year to work or study.

I hope that all Swedes in Sweden and abroad, stand up for our values. Values that belief in human equality, equality between women and men, the belief in a democratic form of government, religion and speech.

Sweden has a long tradition of promoting peace, security and human rights in the international context.

Through Sweden’s newfound place in the UN Security Council, we now have an opportunity to further make our voice heard in the global context. I hope we will manage this opportunity well. Already a week held a summit in New York on the global refugee situation. An important meeting where Sweden is one of the organizers.

Continued development of Sweden claims that the workplace is constantly renewed through entrepreneurship and innovation. It requires research and development is continuing in the world. And not least, a school and a higher education that puts knowledge and learning in first place.

Our cultural heritage is the glue that binds us together. It is rich and diverse – created by influences from different countries for centuries.

By meeting with mutual respect, and by listening and learning from each other, so we developed. That is why the good conversation between people is so important.

Ladies and gentlemen,

You are elected by the citizens who have the right to vote today. But the choices that you make affect the future of many more.

Swedish children and young people depend on you to make wise and long-term decisions.

Mr President,

With these words I wish you all the elected representative of the Swedish people, power, courage and wisdom to bring our nation further into a for all citizens favorable development.

I hereby declare 2016/2017 Parliamentary Session open.”

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To watch the entire opening session, including the royal family’s carriage ride to the Riksdag, please click here and/or here.

To view photos please click the links below

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Photo courtesy of the Swedish royal court

The Official HRH Prince Alexander of Sweden Christening Photos Released.

H.K.H. Prins Alexanders dop i Drottningholms Slottskyrka 9 september 2016 / H.R.H. Prince Alexander’s christening at Drottningholm Palace Chapel, September 9, 2016. H.K.H. Prinsessan Sofia; H.K.H. Prins Alexander; H.K.H. Prins Carl Philip HRH Princess Sofia; HRH Prince Alexander; HRH Prince Carl Philip

On Monday, September 12, 2016, the Swedish royal court finally released the official photos from the christening of His Royal Highness Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil, Duke of Södermanland.

The photos were shot by photographer, Mr. Mattias Edwall, at Drottningholms Slott on the island of Lovön just outside of Stockholm, Sweden.

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Photos courtesy of the Swedish royal court

HRH Prince Daniel of Sweden Visits the Hummelstaskolan in Enköping.

Prince Daniel of SwedenOn Monday, September 12, 2016, His Royal Highness Prince Daniel of Sweden visited the Hummelstaskolen in Enköping.  According to the Swedish newspaper, Ena-Håbo, the prince wanted to tour the school to learn more  “…about how the school’s sports program…”  

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(VIDEO) His Royal Highness Prince Daniel of Sweden Attends the 2016 Idrottens Dag.

On Sunday, September 11, 2016, His Royal Highness Prince Daniel of Sweden attended the 2016 Idrottens Dag held at Haga Park in Stockholm, Sweden.  Watching today’s children’s race were Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Her Royal Highness Princess Estelle of Sweden.

(VIDEO) The Christening of HRH Prince Alexander of Sweden.

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On Friday, September 9, 2016, His Royal Highness Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil, Duke of Södermanland — son Their Royal Highnesses Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden — was christened at the beautiful Drottningholms Slottskyrka at Drottningholms Slott on the island of Lovön just outside of Stockholm, Sweden.

According to the Swedish royal court Archbishop Antje Jackelén presided over the christening and was assisted by Chief Court Chaplain Bishop Johan Dalman and Pastor of the Royal Court Parish Michael Bjerkhagen.

sweden2The godparents of the sweet little prince included Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Mrs. Lina Frejd, Mr. Victor Magnuson, Mr. Jan-Åke Hansson, and Miss Cajsa Larsson. Guests in attendance included Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden accompanied by their two children, HRH Princess Estelle and HRH Prince Oscar, Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Mr. Christopher O’Neill, accompanied by their two children HRH Princess Leonore and HRH Prince Nicolas, extended members of the Swedish royal family, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Leopold and Princess Ursula of Bavaria, Mr. and Mrs. Hellqvist, Miss Sara Hellqvist, close friends of Their Royal Highnesses Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden, and of course various Swedish government officials.

After the christening, Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden hosted a reception at Drottningholms Slott in honor of the little prince.

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Click here to watch another video as well as to view a photo gallery.

Photos courtesy of the Swedish royal court

(VIDEO) TRHs Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden Host a Symposium.

On Wednesday, September 7, 2016, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden hosted a symposium at the Kungliga Slottet in Stockholm.

Held under the theme, Så vill vi att vuxna pratar med oss om nätet, the discussions focused on “…young adults on the internet and life online…”  

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(VIDEO) HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden Gives a Speech at the 2016 SIWI World Water Week.

 

On the morning of Thursday, September 1, 2016, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden gave an opening speech during the plenary session, Building a Resilient Future Through Water, at the 2016 SIWI World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden.

According to the official website for World Water Week today’s session gathered:

“…Global leaders [who highlighted] strategies for delivering the 2030 Agenda and strengthen[ed] climate resilience through wise water management. [Today’s event demonstrated] ways on how the implementation of the 2030 and climate agendas can be better integrated – with water as a useful connector.”

(VIDEO) Koenigliche Dynastien: Die-Bernadottes. A Documentary.

 

Here is yet another great documentary from the German network, ZDF, entitled Koenigliche Dynastien: Die-Bernadottes.  The program focuses on the history of the Swedish royal family.

(VIDEO) Året med Kungafamiljen 2015

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Here is the SVT documentary, Året med Kungafamiljen 2015, you all have been waiting for!

Enjoy!  🙂

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His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden Delivers His Christmas Message on Sveriges Radio.

swdenOn December 25, 2015, His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden delivered his Christmas message live on Sveriges Radio from the Kungliga Slottet in Stockholm.

“Dear Swedish citizens, at home and overseas. Everyone in Sweden!

My family and I would like to wish you all an enjoyable Christmas. This year the cheer of Christmas has perhaps been even more keenly awaited than usual by many of us.

It can’t have escaped anyone’s notice that this has been a challenging year for Sweden and the Swedish population. Global concerns have impacted on us here in a way we haven’t experienced for many years. We should take the opportunity now over the holiday to take a step back for a while, and take time to reflect on the past year and perhaps formulate our hopes for the year ahead of us.

There are 60 million refugees in the world. Some of them have come to seek asylum and a future for themselves and their children here in Sweden. We have a strong desire to help people. Massive and important efforts are being made to assist those seeking asylum and security.

In the autumn I met several young people at an asylum centre outside Östersund and I was greeted by a sense of enthusiasm and a keen aspiration to succeed and do well in their new country.

Together with The Queen, I also visited Kronan School in Trollhättan a while back. A perfectly ordinary Swedish primary and lower secondary school with basketball hoops in the playground and the word “Welcome” painted in large yellow letters at the entrance. It could have been anywhere at all in Sweden if it wasn’t for the terrible act of violence that had occurred at this very school several weeks earlier. Candles in memory of the victims had been lit at the youth recreation centre.

Amidst the grief and gloom it was good to see how the staff were working to restore things for the pupils. To restore a sense of normality and security, which is so valuable, to children and adults alike.

Then in November, 130 young people lost their lives in a series of coordinated terror attacks in Paris. These attacks affected us all deeply, and they reminded us how vulnerable we are. The openness and trust that has characterised our society thus far cannot always be taken for granted. Not even here in Sweden. We must safeguard and stand up for these values.

Undoubtedly, our times are subject to darkness and unrest, but that is one of the reasons why it is so important to also hold onto all the positives and remind one another that we have good reason to feel hope and confidence in the future.

As Sweden’s head of State, I visit many places both in Sweden and beyond our country’s borders and meet many people from different walks of life.

Over the past year, for example, I have visited several authorities working to consolidate our contingency planning for accidents and crises. I have seen some of the important work being done by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency and SOS Alarm. Work that is particularly relevant today. It is also interesting to see how international cooperation is leading to reciprocal exchange. Swedish know-how can save lives in other countries and we in turn are able to learn from others’ knowledge and experience.

During the year I have also met many talented Swedish entrepreneurs who are creating new jobs, in particular through environmental innovations. The people behind these enterprises have extremely varied backgrounds. They may come from Västerås, from Gnosjö or from Pakistan. However, they have certain crucial things in common: they have an idea, and they are focused on working hard to realise it. Such ideas, and the genuine desire and driving force embodied within them, will benefit us all in the future.

It is inspiring to gain an insight, through these meeting and visits, into some of what is being done to not just keep Sweden running, but to ensure future development, even in times of hardship and change.

One of my most recent trips this year was to Paris and the big UN climate conference. I was there when the conference opened, and there was a strong feeling of optimism in the air, but also a sense of gravity and determination.

The countries of the world have worked together on one of our biggest future challenges. We now have a common objective to curb global warming. A historic agreement is in place: the first ever global climate agreement. It is gratifying and inspires hope in the face of future challenges. I am proud to be able to say that Sweden will be a force to be reckoned with in the continued work towards a sustainable future.

Incidentally, it was also in Paris, 120 years ago, that Alfred Nobel wrote the will that formed the basis for the Nobel Prize. It was a particular honour this year to be able to award the Prize in Chemistry to a winner with a Swedish background. Tomas Lindahl began his career as a scientist here in Sweden, and together with colleagues he has laid an important foundation for the development of new cancer treatments, among other things.

The major issues of our time sometimes bring us face to face with a difficult balancing act, as a country and as individuals. It is not always easy to know which is the right way forward.

My desire is for us as a nation to shoulder our shared responsibility to contribute to constructive solutions to the challenges of the future. But we should also take responsibility as people, to show respect and consideration to one another. And our responsibility as adults is to communicate confidence, hope and belief in the future to our children and grandchildren.

On a more personal level, The Queen and I are very happy that The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel are expecting their second child. We are also delighted that Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia are to become parents, which will make us paternal grandparents for the first time.

In this context, let me take this opportunity to thank you for all your good wishes during the year, on the occasion of both Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia’s wedding and Prince Nicolas’ christening. Your kind words and good wishes mean a great deal to all our family.

In conclusion, I want to thank those of you who are actively involved in Swedish clubs and organisations. I believe that broad networks of dedicated individuals are a huge asset to our country, in particular when it comes to taking care of our young people and helping new Swedes to settle into our community. With the new year approaching, I want to offer special encouragement to those of you who devote your time to others. You are needed!

And that brings me to the end of my Christmas message from the Royal Palace. My family and I would once again like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2016!”

(VIDEO) TRHs Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden Attend a Concert.

On the evening of Monday, December 21, 2015, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden arrived at the Gustaf Vasa Kyrka in Stockholm to attend a Christmas concert entitled, Jul i Vasastan.

Led by Swedish conductor, Mr. Jonas Gidberg, the lovely royal couple and guests listened to traditional as well as contemporary chorale music performed by Mr. Fredrik Nybladh and Ms. Molly Sanden with special guest artists Ms. Linda Brava and Ms. Gladys del Pilar.

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