(VIDEO) His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden Delivers His Traditional Christmas Speech.

On the evening of December 25, 2016, His Majesty King Carl Gustaf XVI of Sweden delivered his traditional Christmas Day speech.  The pre-recorded message was filmed inside Prins Bertil’s apartment at the Kungliga Slottet in Stockholm.

Below is a rough translation of His Majesty’s speech:

“Dear Swedes, at home and abroad. Everyone in Sweden!

Courage.
Consideration.
Power to act.

These words are key for me. They are sometimes used to describe good leadership. But I think they can be good watchword for all of us. Not least in times of great challenges.

According to researchers in 2016 looks set to be the hottest year ever recorded. The temperature in the oceans and on land continues to rise. During the past year we have seen how extreme weather events have caused great losses around the world, economic, but above all human.

Changes in climate affect us: our ability to get food and clean water, to feed us and ultimately protect life and property. People’s lives are connected with how we take care of our environment.

Here in Sweden we are privileged to have access to clean water straight from the tap. Often we think probably not on it. We see it as self-evident. The global water shortage can be felt distant. But it concerns us all. After a dry summer and autumn we have unusually low levels of groundwater. This has led to water shortages in many parts of Sweden. Among other things, Oland – where did it last summer to drive tanker trucks with water from the mainland.

This creates a difficult situation for many. Not least for farmers. It is also an important reminder of how dependent we are on clean water.

Royal Family’s commitment to water issues is large. And I am especially pleased to also crown princess has chosen to focus on just the marine and water issues in his role as ambassador for the UN global sustainability.

Climate change and other environmental problems do not follow national boundaries. It happens on the other side of the earth affect us and vice versa. That is why the climate agreement reached in Paris last year is so important. To reverse the trend, we must cooperate.

Protecting the environment is not just a question of ethics. But about survival.

Sweden is a country of forests. A great resource that covers more than half of our country’s surface. The productive forest land equivalent to more than three football fields per inhabitant. The forest is an important industry, but
also a popular place for recreation. We are many who feel a special peace and joy when we get the opportunity to go out for a few hours in a quiet and beautiful forest.

Forestry has a long tradition in our country. For many generations, we have built up valuable knowledge about how we can take advantage of the opportunities provided by the forests.

During the year I have visited several activities based on the expertise and who contribute in different ways to sustainable development.

This summer I was in Scania to launch the MAX IV research. It will attract researchers from all over the world. One of many exciting projects is just about developing new materials using raw materials from the Swedish forest.

The development also means that switch. In Ångermanland I visited, for example, a former pulp mill. It had been converted into a modern facility for manufacturing including biofuels.

And in Vasterbotten I gained an insight into the research being done on forest-environment.

Swedish research and technology expertise are key assets, both for the environment and as a basis for Sweden’s future prosperity.

During the year the Queen and I made three state visits – two outgoing and incoming. The contrast was great: from our visit to the tiny kingdom of Bhutan in the Himalayas to the populous Germany, Sweden’s biggest trading partner. And so the visit from Chile, a country that is far away, but many Swedes have close ties.

One thing has been common to these visits and it is the interest of sustainability, climate and environment. There are issues where we have much to learn from each other.

State visits helps to create dialogue and exchange of knowledge between Sweden and other countries. I see this as an important part of the mission as Sweden’s head of state.

In a few days, Sweden will take place in the UN Security Council. It will be an important forum in the coming years. I am convinced that our country will be a positive force for peace and security. Sweden needed!

Acts of terrorism, armed conflict and uncertainty. We live in troubled times. What is this world really headed? It is a question I have asked myself many times in the past year. And I do not think I’m alone.

The news never stops up. It can be difficult to take in everything. The most difficult thing is the pictures and the stories of how children fare badly. The work for children’s rights today seems more important position than ever.

One can feel anxiety about the future. But we should not let fear govern our everyday lives. We all have a responsibility to act as role models for our children and young people.

Again, we must show courage, thoughtfulness and decisiveness.
Courage to stand up for what is right.
Caring for each other.
And action to intervene when someone needs help.

Recently attended Queen and I at an ecumenical service held when Pope Francis visited Sweden. The cathedral in Lund gathered Catholics and Protestants together to draw attention to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

At this historic meeting, it was agreed to put the unit in front of the division. To focus on the common rather than the differences. Such steps towards reconciliation offers hope for the future!

When I look back on the past year, I feel – also on a personal level – much gratitude.

Our family has been extended with two new little princes. The Queen and I celebrated our fortieth anniversary this summer. And in connection with my 70th birthday last spring, I received many greetings and best wishes. I want to thank you for the warmth and care that we encounter. It means a lot to me and my family.

I would like in this context also send a special greeting to all Swedish men and women who now find themselves far from home in various international missions of peace and security.

To you I say: Thank you for your important work! You and your families are making great personal sacrifices, not least a weekend like this. It is worth our respect and gratitude.

2016 is about to end. Sometime early next year, Sweden its ten millionth inhabitant. It can be a person who is an immigrant or returning home after a long time abroad. It could be a child born anywhere in our country.

Regardless, he or she will be a part of our common future. For this person, I would say: Welcome! I wish you all the best!

By this I and my family wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2017.”

Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden Opens an Exhibition at Drottningholms Slott.

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On Thursday, December 1, 2016, Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden officially opened the floral exhibition, Baroque Blomsterjul, Drottningholms Slott in Stockholm.

Curated by the Swedish court florist, Mr. Claes Carlsson, the exhibition displays:

“…a fragrant and colorful experience in the spirit of Christmas.  The atmospheric arrangement combines decorative elements from Drottningholm Palace Theatre with dramatic lighting, capturing the spirit of the Baroque.

The display can be seen in the magnificent staircase and the adjoining guard’s halls. The staircase is among the grandest of Nicodemus Tessin the Elder’s architectural creations, featuring ornamentation typical of the Baroque period.”

Photo courtesy of the Swedish royal court

TMs King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden Host a Luncheon in Honor of the President of Poland.

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On the afternoon of Wednesday, November 30, 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 hosted a luncheon in honor of the President of Poland, Mr. Andrzej Duda and his wife, Mrs. Agata Kornhauser-Duda, visit to Stockholm, Sweden.

Photo courtesy of the Swedish royal court.

(VIDEO) Her Royal Highness Princess Sofia of Sweden Attends a Luncheon in Stockholm.

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On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Her Royal Highness Princess Sofia of Sweden arrived at the Hotel Diplomat in Stockholm to attend a luncheon as well as roundtable discussion held under the theme, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability.

According to the Swedish newspaper, Expressen, the meeting brought together:

“…12 participants – all women entrepreneurs – who gathered to discuss their travels in social entrepreneurship and sustainability.  Princess Sofia was invited in connection with her involvement in, Project Playground, an organization that helps disadvantaged children.

[During the meeting attendees] shared their experiences on the basis of the ‘journey that they have made and the challenges that they have encountered’, says Veronica Ericsson Laakso, CEO of the Business Challenge, which organized the lunch with A Startup Story.” 

Click the link below to watch a video.

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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

Gallery OneGallery TwoGallery Three and Gallery Four

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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Photo courtesy of the Swedish royal court

(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.

Click here to watch the entire christening ceremony.  

Click here to view photos. 

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

Photos courtesy of the Swedish royal court